Secure Telemedicine System Design for COVID-19 Patients Treatment Using Service Oriented Architecture

Sensors (Basel). 2022 Jan 26;22(3):952. doi: 10.3390/s22030952.


The coronavirus pandemic, also known as the COVID-19 pandemic, is an ongoing virus. It was first identified on December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and later spread to 192 countries. As of now, 251,266,207 people have been affected, and 5,070,244 deaths are reported. Due to the growing number of COVID-19 patients, the demand for COVID wards is increasing. Telemedicine applications are increasing drastically because of convenient treatment options. The healthcare sector is rapidly adopting telemedicine applications for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Most telemedicine applications are developed for heterogeneous environments and due to their diverse nature, data transmission between similar and dissimilar telemedicine applications is a difficult task. In this paper, we propose a Tele-COVID system architecture design along with its security aspects to provide the treatment for COVID-19 patients from distance. Tele-COVID secure system architecture is designed to resolve the problem of data interchange between two different telemedicine applications, interoperability, and vendor lock-in. Tele-COVID is a web-based and Android telemedicine application that provides suitable treatment to COVID-19 patients. With the help of Tele-COVID, the treatment of patients at a distance is possible without the need for them to visit hospitals; in case of emergency, necessary services can also be provided. The application is tested on COVID-19 patients in the county hospital and shows the initial results.

Keywords: COVID-19 patients treatment; SOA security architecture; Tele-COVID SOA security; telemedicine security.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Telemedicine*