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A systematic literature review of cloud computing in eHealth
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Creative Technologies.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Creative Technologies.
2014 (English)In: Health Informatics-An International Journal (HIIJ), ISSN 2319-2046, Vol. 3, no 4, 11-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cloud computing in eHealth is an emerging area for only few years. There needs to identify the state of the art and pinpoint challenges and possible directions for researchers and applications developers. Based on this need, we have conducted a systematic review of cloud computing in eHealth. We searched ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, Inspec, ISI Web of Science and Springer as well as relevant open-access journals for relevant articles. A total of 237 studies were first searched, of which 44 papers met the Include Criteria. The studies identified three types of studied areas about cloud computing in eHealth, namely (1) cloud-based eHealth framework design (n=13); (2) applications of cloud computing (n=17); and (3) security or privacy control mechanisms of healthcare data in the cloud (n=14). Most of the studies in the review were about designs and concept-proof. Only very few studies have evaluated their research in the real world, which may indicate that the application of cloud computing in eHealth is still very immature. However, our presented review could pinpoint that a hybrid cloud platform with mixed access control and security protection mechanisms will be a main research area for developing citizen centred home-based healthcare applications.

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AIRCC Publishing Corporation , 2014. Vol. 3, no 4, 11-20 p.
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Systematic review, eHealth, cloud computing, home-based healthcare
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6502DOI: 10.5121/hiij.2014.3402Local ID: diva2:834020
Open Access JournalAvailable from: 2014-12-05 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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