PEHR-MAN: Physiology based life-long EHR management

Sandeep Gupta (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


In mobile healthcare (mHealth) systems, a network of wireless monitoring sensors and actuators worn by a patient communicate with the cloud through a base station (usually a smartphone) to monitor and administer medical treatment. A patients electronic health records (EHRs) are stored in the cloud and are routinely updated with new data. Ensuring the security of data is crucial, not only for patient confidentiality, but also safety as a data breach could result in erroneous diagnosis and treatment. Current methods only secure the transmission of data through user-defined password protection, which can be especially cumbersome when a patient has multiple EHRs. Additionally, username-password security requires that data pass through a smartphone, leaving the patient vulnerable to greater risk should the smartphone be compromised. Researchers at ASU have developed protocol that provides a secure communication channel by encrypting a patients medical data using their unique electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals. EHRs can be securely created, managed, combined, or updated without redundant manual authentication, and cannot be accessed without the patients most recent ECG and PPG signals. The protocol can be used with a smartphone, or a sensor with Wi-Fi or mobile capabilities that communicates directly with the cloud. The protocol does not involve heavy processing which is ideal for battery powered sensors, and has no pre-deployment or security requirements. Once a secure channel has been established, the models parameters are continuously updated with the patients physiological information and rekeying is automatic. Should there be a significant change in a patients ECG or PPG signals (e.g. after heart surgery), the new physiological information can be updated through a doctors authorized account. Potential Applications EHR Management End-To-End Security Machine-To-Machine Communication Physiology Based Encryption Benefits and Advantages Automatic Once a secure channel has initially been established, no user intervention is needed to manage EHRs or update security configurations. Efficient Does not involve heavy computer processing, saving battery life in remote sensors. Increased Security End-to-end physiology based encryption requires current patient data to hack. Allows for direct communication between sensors and the cloud. Longevity Can potentially last the entire lifetime of a patient. Versatility Can be combined with other end-to-end security techniques. Can be used with or without a base-station or smartphone. Download Original PDF For more information about the inventor(s) and their research, please see Dr. Sandeep Gupta's directory webpage
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jun 17 2013


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