Healthcare Systems in Rural Areas: A Cloud-Sensor Based Approach for Epidemic Diseases Management

  • Sarra BerrahalEmail author
  • Noureddine Boudriga
  • Antoine Bagula
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 171)


The recent advances in wearable and integrated sensing devices, such as Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs), have enabled a wide range of advanced and real-time sensing and monitoring issues. However, as stand-alone systems, WBANs are likely to face many challenges in terms of communication range, data security and privacy, storage and processing of the huge amount of data collected. In this context, we propose in this paper a novel healthcare system that relies on a cloud-sensor based approach for epidemic disease management in rural areas. The proposal tries to optimize epidemic diseases detection and tracking through the management of alerts generated by WBANs carried by individuals and belonging to public and private clouds. It also tries to report on the evolution of particular diseases and implement a query management system allowing cooperative answers from the aggregated clouds.


WBAN Sensor-cloud Rural areas Diseases Continuous querying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarra Berrahal
    • 2
    Email author
  • Noureddine Boudriga
    • 2
  • Antoine Bagula
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Communication Networks and Security Research LabUniversity of CarthageTunisTunisia

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