Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 1624–1635 | Cite as

Cognitive IoT-Cloud Integration for Smart Healthcare: Case Study for Epileptic Seizure Detection and Monitoring

  • Musaed Alhussein
  • Ghulam Muhammad
  • M. Shamim Hossain
  • Syed Umar Amin


We propose a cognitive Internet of Things (IoT)–cloud-based smart healthcare framework, which communicates with smart devices, sensors, and other stakeholders in the healthcare environment; makes an intelligent decision based on a patient’s state; and provides timely, low-cost, and accessible healthcare services. As a case study, an EEG seizure detection method using deep learning is also proposed to access the feasibility of the cognitive IoT–cloud smart healthcare framework. In the proposed method, we use smart EEG sensors (apart from general healthcare smart sensors) to record and transmit EEG signals from epileptic patients. Thereafter, the cognitive framework makes a real-time decision on future activities and whether to send the data to the deep learning module. The proposed system uses the patient’s movements, gestures, and facial expressions to determine the patient’s state. Signal processing and seizure detection take place in the cloud, while signals are classified as seizure or non-seizure with a probability score. The results are transmitted to medical practitioners or other stakeholders who can monitor the patients and, in critical cases, make the appropriate decisions to help the patient. Experimental results show that the proposed model achieves an accuracy and sensitivity of 99.2 and 93.5%, respectively.


IoT-cloud Smart healthcare Seizure detection EEG Deep learning 



This work is supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia through the Research Group Project No: RG-1436-016


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Engineering, College of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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