Issue No. 05 - May (2001 vol. 34)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/2.920607
<p>Audio-video-based remote-patient monitoring via the Internet raises privacy issues that only clearly defined confidentiality and authentication requirements for secure Internet communication can address. </p> <p>MPEG compression technologies can transmit high-quality audio-video via the Internet so that a family member can use an office PC or wireless mobile terminal to monitor a bedridden patient's image and vital signs while a caregiver runs errands. However, such systems raise privacy concerns. Transmitting unprotected audio-visual signals, compressed in a standard format, over the Internet carries the risk that someone can monitor these transmissions, accidentally or intentionally. </p> <p>For medical and healthcare applications, security issues in the Internet's transport and network layers cause the most concern. Although encryption can protect data, using such technology for remote-patient monitoring should not compromise Internet accessibility and performance. Patient-monitoring applications require excellent performance and quality of service to provide accurate live information to the monitoring side. Thus, the performance of the end-to- end Internet infrastructure itself must be the subject of future study. </p>
A. Kara, "Protecting Privacy in Remote-Patient Monitoring," in Computer, vol. 34, no. , pp. 24-27, 2001.