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Health care professionals’ perception of security of personal health devices

Authors Ondiege B, Clarke M

Received 16 May 2016

Accepted for publication 21 November 2016

Published 12 April 2017 Volume 2017:4 Pages 35—42

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/SHTT.S112907

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Manas Gartia

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Yelena Yesha


Brian Ondiege, Malcolm Clarke

Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, UK

Abstract: With the rapid advances in the capabilities of telehealth devices and their increasing connection to the Internet, security is becoming an issue of major concern. Therefore, the perceptions of the health care professionals regarding security are of interest, as the patients trust them to make informed decisions on issues concerning their privacy, data, and health. Eight health care professionals were interviewed to determine their perceptions and knowledge of security in health care. The research further examines one specific aspect of security which is considered of significant concern: the authenticity of a device being from the actual manufacturer and not a counterfeit. This research proposes device registration together with digital signatures and one-time passwords to address the issue of counterfeit remote patient-monitoring devices and identify and authenticate the user of the device.

Keywords: telehealth security, health care professionals’ perception, personal health device, authentication

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