Securing the Access to Electronic Health Records on Mobile Phones

  • Alexandra Dmitrienko
  • Zecir Hadzic
  • Hans Löhr
  • Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
  • Marcel Winandy
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 273)


Mobile phones are increasingly used in the e-health domain. In this context, enabling secure access to health records from mobile devices is of particular importance because of the high security and privacy requirements for sensitive medical data. Standard operating systems and software, as they are deployed on current smartphones, cannot protect sensitive data appropriately, even though modern mobile hardware platforms often provide dedicated security features. Current mobile phones are prone to attacks by malicious software, which might gain unauthorized access to sensitive medical data.

In this paper, we present a security architecture for the protection of electronic health records and authentication credentials that are used to access e-health services. Our architecture is derived from a generic solution and tailored specifically to current mobile platforms with hardware security extensions. Authentication data are protected by a trusted wallet (TruWallet), which leverages trusted hardware features of the phone and isolated application environments provided by a secure operating system. A separate application environment is used to provide runtime protection of medical data. Furthermore, we present a prototype implementation of TruWallet on the Nokia N900 mobile phone. In contrast to commodity systems, our architecture enables healthcare professionals to securely access medical data on their mobile devices without the risk of disclosing sensitive information.


Mobile Phone Electronic Health Record Personal Health Record Trusted Platform Module Virtual Private Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Dmitrienko
    • 1
  • Zecir Hadzic
    • 1
  • Hans Löhr
    • 1
  • Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
    • 2
  • Marcel Winandy
    • 1
  1. 1.Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security (HGI)Ruhr-University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED)Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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