Security and privacy preserving approaches in the eHealth clouds with disaster recovery plan

Sahi, Aqeel and Lai, David and Li, Yan (2016) Security and privacy preserving approaches in the eHealth clouds with disaster recovery plan. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 78. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0010-4825


Cloud computing was introduced as an alternative storage and computing model in the health sector as well as other sectors to handle large amounts of data. Many healthcare companies have moved their electronic data to the cloud in order to reduce in-house storage, IT development and maintenance costs. However, storing the healthcare records in a third-party server may cause serious storage, security and privacy issues. Therefore, many approaches have been proposed to preserve security as well as privacy in cloud computing projects. Cryptographic-based approaches were presented as one of the best ways to ensure the security and privacy of healthcare data in the cloud. Nevertheless, the cryptographic-based approaches which are used to transfer health records safely remain vulnerable regarding security, privacy, or the lack of any disaster recovery strategy. In this paper, we review the related work on security and privacy preserving as well as disaster recovery in the eHealth cloud domain. Then we propose two approaches, the Security-Preserving approach and the Privacy-Preserving approach, and a disaster recovery plan. The Security-Preserving approach is a robust means of ensuring the security and integrity of Electronic Health Records, and the Privacy-Preserving approach is an efficient authentication approach which protects the privacy of Personal Health Records. Finally, we discuss how the integrated approaches and the disaster recovery plan can ensure the reliability and security of cloud projects.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 05:51
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 05:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster recovery plan; eHealth cloud; EHR; PHR; privacy; security
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080303 Computer System Security
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2016.09.003

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