IoT Health Data in Electronic Health Records (EHR): Security and Privacy Issues in Era of 6G


  • Ana Koren University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Unska 3, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Ramjee Prasad CTIF GLOBAL CAPSULE, Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark



wearable sensors; eHealth; healthcare; 6G; nternet of Things; Internet of Medical Things; Electronic Health Record; EHR


Millions of wearable devices with embedded sensors (e.g., fitness trackers) are present in daily lives of its users, with the number growing continuously, especially with the approaching 6G communication technology. These devices are helping their users in monitoring daily activities and promoting positive health habits. Potential integration of such collected data into central medical system would lead to more personalized healthcare and an improved patient-physician experience. However, this process is met with several challenges, as medical data is of a highly sensitive nature. This paper focuses on the security and privacy issues for such a process. After providing a comprehensive list of security and privacy threats relevant to data collection and its handling within a Central Health Information system, the paper addresses the challenges of designing a secure system and offeres recommendations, solutions and guidelines for identified pre-6G and 6G security and privacy issues.


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Author Biographies

Ana Koren, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Unska 3, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Ana Koren completed undergraduate studies in 2012, and graduate studies in 2014 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb and is currently enrolled in a PhD programme at University of Zagreb. She has been a visiting researcher at TU Graz (Austria), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) and Universidad Nacional de Colombia (in Bogotá, Colombia). Main areas of interest include e-Health and wireless personal communications. She worked on implementing Croatia’s Central Health Information System.

Ramjee Prasad, CTIF GLOBAL CAPSULE, Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark

Ramjee Prasad, Fellow IEEE, IET, IETE, and WWRF, is a Professor of Future Technologies for Business Ecosystem Innovation (FT4BI) in the Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark. He is the Founder President of the CTIF Global Capsule (CGC). He is also the Founder Chairman of the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India, established in 2009. He has been honored by the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy as a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine on March 15, 2016. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr. Prasad has received Ridderkorset of Dannebrogordenen (Knight of the Dannebrog) in 2010 from the Danish Queen for the internationalization of top-class telecommunication research and education. He has received several international awards such as IEEE Communications Society Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award in 2003 for making contribution in the field of “Personal, Wireless and Mobile Systems and Networks”, Telenor’s Research Award in 2005 for impressive merits, both academic and organizational within the field of wireless and personal communication, 2014 IEEE AESS Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award for: “Organizational Leadership in developing and globalizing the CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastruktur) Research Network”, and so on. He has been the Project Coordinator of several EC projects namely, MAGNET, MAGNET Beyond, eWALL. He has published more than 50 books, 1000 plus journal and conference publications, more than 15 patents, over 140 Ph.D. Graduates and a larger number of Masters (over 250). Several of his students are today worldwide telecommunication leaders themselves.


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