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# A Blockchain-Based Secure Healthcare Scheme with the Assistance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Internet of Things

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This paper introduces a blockchain-based secure healthcare scheme in which health data (HD) are collected from users via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and stored on the nearest server. In the proposed scheme, a UAV first establishes a relation with body sensor hives (BSHs) via a token and then shares a shared key with BSHs to enable low-power secure communication. After retrieving the HD, the UAV decrypts the encrypted HD (encrypted by a BSH) using the shared key and exercises a two-phase authentication mechanism. Upon successful validation, the UAV transmits the HD to the nearest server to store it securely in blockchain. A security analysis is discussed to show the feasibility of the proposed secure healthcare scheme. Finally, the performance of the proposed scheme is investigated through simulation and implementation. The security and the performance analysis demonstrate that the proposed scheme supports better assistance to BSHs while maintaining security.

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... Fotouhi et al. (Fotouhi et al., 2020) proposed an authentication scheme based on the hash chain for WBANs in HIoT that provides security and authenticity with low computational and storage cost. Finally, Islam and Young Shin (Islam and Young Shin, 2020) proposed a secure healthcare design based on blockchain that provides some security features. ...
... Therefore, to reduce the risk of hacking essential data and to increase data protection such as a person's behavior pattern, habits, sleeping order, locations, and physical conditions over time-trust and privacy are very challenging as open issues. • Power management: Based on the studied literature, energy consumption (Wu et al., 2017), (Wu et al., 2018), (Niitsuet al., 2018), (Tekeste et al., 2019), (Hallforset al., 2018), (Ray et al., 2019d), (Yang et al., 2016), (He et al., 2017) Sensor-based and resource-based approaches Central South University, China (Chen et al., 2018), (Tang et al., 2019) Sensor-based and security-based approaches COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan , Application-based approaches ESCP Business School, France (Zhou and Piramuthu, 2018), ( Jia et al., 2018) Security Security-based approaches Monash University, Australia (Wu et al., 2017), (Wu et al., 2018) Sensor-based approaches National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan (Yeh, 2016), (Hou and Yeh, 2015) Security-based approaches National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (Laplante et al., 2018), ( Laplante et al., 2018) Application-based approaches Pennsylvania State University, USA (Laplante et al., 2018), ( Laplante et al., 2018) Application-based approaches Singapore Approaches University, Singapore Sensor-based approaches Widener University, USA (Laplante et al., 2018), ( Laplante et al., 2018) Application-based approaches Shahed University, Iran (Akhbarifar et al., 2020), ( Fotouhi et al., 2020) Communicationbased and resourcebased approaches National University of Singapore, Singapore (Sengupta and Bhunia, 2020), (Gope et al., 2020) Application-based and resource-based approaches Beirut Arab University, Lebanon (Muthuet al., 2020), (Huifeng et al., 2020) Sensor-based approaches (Elstset al., 2018), (Chen et al., 2018), (Abdelmoneem et al., 2020), (Awanet al., 2019), (Sengupta and Bhunia, 2020), (Minet al., 2019), (Bharathiet al., 2020), (Catarinucciet al., 2015), (Abdellatif et al., 2018), (Aktas et al., 2018), (Chehri and Mouftah, 2020), (Qiu et al., 2017), (Chanak and Banerjee, 2020), (Sharavana Kumar and Sarma Dhulipala, 2020), (Tuliet al., 2020), (Rahmaniet al., 2018), (Ramírez López et al., 2019), , (Vedaeiet al., 2020), (Boussada et al., 2019), (Tao et al., 2019), (Rani et al., 2019), (Hamza et al., 2020), (Yang et al., 2019), (Aghili et al., 2019), (Karimian et al., 2019), (Benadda et al., 2018), , (Xu, 2020), (Islam and Young Shin, 2020), (Li and Jing, 2019), (Gope and Hwang, 2016), (Ullah et al., 2020b) is the main open issue to decrease high operational costs and massive carbon production in HIoT systems. In addition, a typical HIoT network includes small devices with limited battery power. ...
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... Researchers from both industry and academia proposed several data sharing frameworks for SDNs [4][5][6][7][8][9]. However, there are several limitations in those proposed systems such as follows: (i) Scalability-Most of the frameworks are designed to share data only within the organization or a certain location and thus, are not scalable beyond the boundary [5,8]; (ii) Access control-Most of the solutions focus on authenticity, confidentiality and integrity of the systems [4][5][6] whereas permitting or restricting access to the information (authorization) based on the type of users and their roles is also critical for secure data communication; (iii) Application specific-The frameworks are designed either to defend against particular attacks [5,9] or to facilitate data sharing for a particular group of entities (e.g. researchers) [7] and thus, failed to a provide a holistic solution for data sharing among different entities such as patients, health professionals, researchers and health insurers; (iv) Formal Security Analysis-Most of the papers provide an informal security analysis [6,8], however, it is important to formally analyze the protocols to discover flaws that failed to be detected by informal approaches. ...
... However, there are several limitations in those proposed systems such as follows: (i) Scalability-Most of the frameworks are designed to share data only within the organization or a certain location and thus, are not scalable beyond the boundary [5,8]; (ii) Access control-Most of the solutions focus on authenticity, confidentiality and integrity of the systems [4][5][6] whereas permitting or restricting access to the information (authorization) based on the type of users and their roles is also critical for secure data communication; (iii) Application specific-The frameworks are designed either to defend against particular attacks [5,9] or to facilitate data sharing for a particular group of entities (e.g. researchers) [7] and thus, failed to a provide a holistic solution for data sharing among different entities such as patients, health professionals, researchers and health insurers; (iv) Formal Security Analysis-Most of the papers provide an informal security analysis [6,8], however, it is important to formally analyze the protocols to discover flaws that failed to be detected by informal approaches. ...
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... From [58], and Islam and Shin [59] do not provide required security and functionality features like "provides session-key agreement," "provides session key security under CK adversary model," "availability of password update phase," "availability of biometric update phase," "availability of dynamic controller node (personal server) addition phase," "availability of dynamic smart healthcare device addition," "provides formal security verification using AVISPA/ SCYTHER tool," and "provides formal security analysis under Real-or-Random (RoR) model." Moreover, Garg et al.' scheme [23] does not support feature like AI-based data analysis. ...
... Liu et al. [54] Garg et al. [23] Saha et al. [55] Xiang et al. [56] Xu et al. [57] Aujla and Jindal [58] Islam and Shin [59] Proposed framework ...
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... The proposed DezCom implemented on Robot Operation System (ROS) with the Tendermint consensus algorithms help. For securing data acquisition, the authors of [38][39][40] used blockchain technology for securing data gathered from IoT devices environment by drone technology. In [38], the findings showed that the proposed technologies' performance improves security, connectivity, and energy consumption. ...
... In [38], the findings showed that the proposed technologies' performance improves security, connectivity, and energy consumption. While [39] used blockchain technology for securing healthcare data gathered from IoT devices by drone. Blockchain technology, AI are applied for securing the drones collaboration [41], while the optimal techniques are used to ensure multi-drone collaboration task allocation with low energy consumption in a high level of security [42] and enable trustworthy communication among drones [43]. ...
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... The healthcare system based on blockchain (BHEALTH) is presented by Anik et al. in [127], wherein HD is gathered from a network of body sensors (BoS) and broadcast to the neighbor server by a UAV. In BHEALTH, a body sensor hive (BSH) is utilized to collect HD in one place from BoSs. ...
... UAV [127] Healthcare scheme security based on blockchain with UAVs in the IoT Defense with two-phase authentication Supports superior assistance to BSHs while keeping security BHEALTH does not regard as the confidentiality problem of the HD which needs more examination UAV [128] UAV and Drone privacy security using blockchain methodology Defense against cyberattacks ...
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... Basic user information is securely stored in a blockchain using smart contracts. Blockchain synchronizes the health data, secures the data with encryption, verifies the users and allows the UAV to store the data in the server [80], [81]. ...
... Edge computing was applied to a blockchain by providing two edge nodes, a resolution edge node, and a cache node. Resolution edge nodes provide The framework divides the network into multiple channels and each channel secures the data related to specific application collected from edge devices Smart healthcare [80] BHealth Blockchain, smart contract and MEC ...
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... Review of Islam and Shin's scheme 42 Islam and Shin 42 proposed a "blockchain enabled scheme for the security of healthcare data. Some of the important features of Islam and Shin's scheme 42 are given below: ...
... In this section, we compared the performance of our proposed generalized framework (BIPHRS), and the schemes of Liu et al, 1 Garg et al, 4 Saha et al, 38 Xiang et al, 39 Xu et al, 40 Aujla and Jindal, 41 and Islam and Shin. 42 The details of comparative study are given in Table 1. During the comparative study, we consider the following important security and functionality features (SFF): ...
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• M Hamim
• S Paul
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• M N Rahman
• I Baqee
Hamim M, Paul S, Hoque SI, Rahman MN, Baqee I. IoT based remote health monitoring system for patients and elderly people. In: Proceedings of the international conference on robotics, electrical and signal processing techniques (ICREST); 2019. p. 533-8. doi: 10.1109/ICREST.2019.8644514.
Real-time secure health surveillance for smarter health communities
• A Alabdulatif
• I Khalil
• Arm Forkan
• M Atiquzzaman
Alabdulatif A, Khalil I, Forkan ARM, Atiquzzaman M. Real-time secure health surveillance for smarter health communities. IEEE Commun Mag 2019;57(1):122-9. doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1700547.