Cybersecurity and privacy issues for socially integrated mobile healthcare applications operating in a multi-cloud environment

Health Informatics J. 2019 Jun;25(2):315-329. doi: 10.1177/1460458217706184. Epub 2017 May 7.


Social media has enabled information-sharing across massively large networks of people without spending much financial resources and time that are otherwise required in the print and electronic media. Mobile-based social media applications have overwhelmingly changed the information-sharing perspective. However, with the advent of such applications at an unprecedented scale, the privacy of the information is compromised to a larger extent if breach mitigation is not adequate. Since healthcare applications are also being developed for mobile devices so that they also benefit from the power of social media, cybersecurity privacy concerns for such sensitive applications have become critical. This article discusses the architecture of a typical mobile healthcare application, in which customized privacy levels are defined for the individuals participating in the system. It then elaborates on how the communication across a social network in a multi-cloud environment can be made more secure and private, especially for healthcare applications.

Keywords: cybersecurity; healthcare; multi-cloud environment; privacy; social networks.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cloud Computing / standards
  • Cloud Computing / trends
  • Computer Security / standards*
  • Computer Security / trends
  • Humans
  • Privacy*
  • Social Networking
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • Telemedicine / trends