Title: Security risks for remote intelligent Pharmacy-on-a-Chip delivery systems

Authors: YanYan Wang, John D. Haynes, Carey Thaldorf

Addresses: Department of Modeling and Simulation, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida, 32816, USA. ' School of Information Technology, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia. ' Department of Public Affairs, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida, 32816, USA

Abstract: This study presents primary security concerns for remote intelligent Pharmacy-on-a-Chip (PoC) delivery systems. With recent advances in remote intelligent drug delivery, security threats associated with these systems need to be addressed. This paper examines some possible security threats in Remote Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems (RIDDS) and proposes counter measures. It is proposed that security research in sensor network security can be applied to RIDDS. We raise security concerns in relation to RIDDS, especially in the context of medical sensor networks, because, among other reasons, a failure to do so could risk the privacy and possibly the life of a patient.

Keywords: wireless drug delivery; intelligent drug delivery; drug delivery systems; system security; pharmacy on a chip; PoC; pharmacy-on-a-chip; medical wireless networks; nanotechnology; remote delivery; security threats; sensor networks; patient privacy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBET.2009.022912

International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2009 Vol.2 No.2, pp.135 - 151

Published online: 03 Feb 2009 *

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