User-Centric Privacy-Preserving Statistical Analysis of Ubiquitous Health Monitoring Data?

George Drosatos1, 2 and Pavlos S. Efraimidis1, 2

  1. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace
    University Campus, 67100 Xanthi, Greece
  2. ATHENA, Research & Innovation Center, University Campus
    67100 Xanthi, Greece


In this paper, we propose a user-centric software architecture for managing Ubiquitous Health Monitoring Data (UHMD) generated from wearable sensors in a Ubiquitous Health Monitoring System (UHMS), and examine how these data can be used within privacy-preserving distributed statistical analysis. Two are the main goals of our approach. First, to enhance the privacy of patients. Second, to decongest the Health Monitoring Center (HMC) from the enormous amount of biomedical data generated by the users’ wearable sensors. In our solution personal software agents are used to receive and manage the personal medical data of their owners. Moreover, the personal agents can support privacy-preserving distributed statistical analysis of the health data. To this end, we present a cryptographic protocol based on secure multi-party computations that accept as input current or archived values of users’ wearable sensors. We describe a prototype implementation that performs a statistical analysis on a community of independent personal agents. Finally, experiments with up to several hundred agents confirm the viability and the effectiveness of our approach.

Key words

privacy, ubiquitous health data, privacy-preserving statistical analysis, personal software agent, secure multi-party computation

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Volume 11, Issue 2 (June 2014)
Year of Publication: 2014
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Drosatos, G., Efraimidis, P. S.: User-Centric Privacy-Preserving Statistical Analysis of Ubiquitous Health Monitoring Data?. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 11, No. 2, 525–548. (2014),