Document Type

Journal Article


University of KwaZulu-Natal


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / ECU Security Research Institute




Williams, P. A., & Maeder, A. (2013). A conceptual framework for secure use of mobile health. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, 1(1), 44-51. Availablehere


Mobile health is characterised by its diversity of applicability, in a multifaceted and multidisciplinary healthcare delivery continuum. In an environment of rapid change with the increasing development of mobile health, issues related to security and privacy must be well thought out. The different competing tensions in the development of mobile health from the device technologies and associated regulation, to clinical workflow and patient acceptance, require a framework for security that reflects the complex structure of this emerging field. There are three distinct associated elements that require investigation: technology, clinical, and human factors. Each of these elements consists of multiple aspects and there are specific risk factors to be addressed successively and co-dependently in each case. The fundamental approach to defining a conceptual framework for secure use of mobile health requires systematic identification of properties for the tensions and critical factors which impact these elements. The resulting conceptual framework presented here can be used for new critique, augmentation or deployment of mobile health solutions from the perspective of data protection and security.

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