Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 331–344 | Cite as

Hide-n-Sense: Preserving Privacy Efficiently in Wireless mHealth

  • Shrirang Mare
  • Jacob Sorber
  • Minho ShinEmail author
  • Cory Cornelius
  • David Kotz


As healthcare in many countries faces an aging population and rising costs, mobile sensing technologies promise a new opportunity. Using mobile health (mHealth) sensing, which uses medical sensors to collect data about the patients, and mobile phones to act as a gateway between sensors and electronic health record systems, caregivers can continuously monitor the patients and deliver better care. Furthermore, individuals can become better engaged in monitoring and managing their own health. Although some work on mHealth sensing has addressed security, achieving strong privacy for low-power sensors remains a challenge. We make three contributions. First, we propose an mHealth sensing protocol that provides strong security and privacy properties at the link layer, with low energy overhead, suitable for low-power sensors. The protocol uses three novel techniques: adaptive security, to dynamically modify transmission overhead; MAC striping, to make forgery difficult even for small-sized Message Authentication Codes; and asymmetric resource requirements, in recognition of the limited resources in tiny mHealth sensors. Second, we demonstrate its feasibility by implementing a prototype on a Chronos wrist device, and evaluating it experimentally. Third, we provide a security, privacy, and energy analysis of our system.


Network protocols Energy efficient protocols Privacy mHealth 



This research results from a research program at the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth College, supported by the National Science Foundation under award number 0910842, and by the Department of Health and Human Services (SHARP program) under award number 90TR0003-01. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the sponsors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shrirang Mare
    • 1
  • Jacob Sorber
    • 2
  • Minho Shin
    • 3
    Email author
  • Cory Cornelius
    • 1
  • David Kotz
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.School of ComputingClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Computer EngineeringMyongji UniversityYonginSouth Korea

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