In this current technological era, a huge amount of medical and biological data has been managed electronically and it has demanded the seamless availability of E-health applications anywhere anytime. This demand has paved the ways for modern healthcare technologies deployment in telemedicine and mobile healthcare services. While on the other hand, this rapidly evolving technologies and their deployment in healthcare systems also pose many unseen threats disguised in this technology giant. And these might affect the conducive working environment of a healthcare organization and its smooth processes from patient’s data privacy to healthcare records protections and their secure transmission among various healthcare locations. These unseen treats could be due to the vulnerabilities inherited/disguised in any of the technology parameter or service delivery mechanisms that appear with the time after the technology is deployed. Since by the time, the critical healthcare processes would be relying on the newly deployed technology; appearing such issues would affect adversely and become intolerable. Many healthcare organizations have faced numerous loses including public confidence due to these security flaws in recent years. Although the security efforts and technologies have evolved significantly but it still remains a challenging task (due to novel unseen and continuously emerging threats) and requires a continuous struggle to address these issue. The other significant reason is the repeated and sophisticated security attacks that continuously introduce malicious softwares and pose threats to patient’s data privacy and healthcare security.

The aim of this track is to provide original and the latest contributions, and to review and survey research and development on information assurance, data privacy and applications security in healthcare systems that would help users to strengthen their security parameters. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Data storage and management (physical storage & availability issues, maintenance, etc.)
  • Healthcare data protection
  • Healthcare application’s security
  • Vulnerability assessment in healthcare systems
  • Unified and ubiquitous access (platforms, infrastructures, interfaces) of healthcare systems
  • Secure health information exchange based on mobile agents
  • Healthcare data/system integrity
  • Data security and data privacy for mobile healthcare devices
  • Identity theft and related abuses
  • Healthcare data security strategies
  • Intrusion detection in healthcare care systems
  • Healthcare security policies and procedures
  • Healthcare data tampering
  • Healthcare database security
  • Trust management


At least one author of each accepted paper (including panelists’ position statements) must register with the full fee and present at the workshop in order for the paper to be included in the QRS 2017 Supplemental Proceedings. Papers will also be submitted to the IEEE Xplore database and indexed by all the abstracting and indexing partners (such as the EI Compendex).

Journal Special Issue (TBA)

Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of HDSR 2017.

Panelists Solicitation (TBA)

Important Dates

    April 15, 2017 (extended)       Submission deadline
    May 25, 2017       Author notification
    June 5, 2017       Camera-ready dues
    July 25-29, 2017       Workshop


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other publications and conferences are not permitted. Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission, panel proposals and review process can be found at

The length of a camera ready paper will be limited to eight pages, including the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords.

Authors must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare papers. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to pay full registration fee and present the paper at the workshop. Arrangements are being made to publish selected accepted papers in reputable journals. The submissions must be in PDF and uploaded to the conference submission site.

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Program Chairs

Haider Abbas National University of Sciences and Technology Pakistan
Maria Grazia Fugini Politecnico di Milano Italy
Farrukh Aslam Khan King Saud University Saudi Arabia

Steering Committee

Joel Rodrigues University of Beira Interior Portugal
Imran Rashid National University of Sciences & Technology Pakistan
Houbing Song West Virginia University USA
Oliver Popov Stockholm University Sweden
Asif Masood National University of Sciences & Technology Pakistan

Program Committee

Dhiah el Diehn I. Abou-Tair German Jordanian University Jordan
Humaira Afzal Bahauddin Zakariya University Pakistan
Mehreen Afzal National University of Sciences & Technology Pakistan
William Allen Florida Institute of Technology USA
Hayretdin Bahsi Tallinn University of Technology Estonia
Fredrik Bjorck Stockholm University Sweden
Francois Charoy University of Lorraine France
Francesco Di Maio Politecnico di Milano Italy
Erisa Khalifi Imperial College London UK
Majid Iqbal Khan COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Pakistan
Rabia Latif National University of Sciences & Technology Pakistan
Christer Magnusson Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
Maruf Pasha Bahauddin Zakariya University Pakistan
Nicola Pedroni University Paris-Saclay France
Asad Raza Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Institute of Applied Technology UAE
Nima Khakzad Rostami Delft University of Technology Netherlands
Kashif Saleem King Saud University KSA
Giovanni Sansavini Institute of Energy Technology, ETH Zurich Switzerland
Malik Najmus Saqib University of Jeddah KSA
Hiroki Suguri Miyagi University Japan
Mahsa Teimourikia DEIB, Politecnico di Milano Italy
Muhammad Waseem National University of Sciences & Technology Pakistan
Duminda Wijesekera George Mason University USA
Sule Yildirim-Yayilgan Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
Yin Zhang Zhongnan University of Economics and Law China
Enrico Zio Politecnico di Milano Italy

Web Masters

Shou-Yu Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA
Xuelin Li University of Texas at Dallas USA

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Workshop Venue

HDSR 2017 will be held in conjunction with QRS 2017 at Prague, Czech Republic. Please visit the QRS 17 website for further information.

General Inquiries

For more detailed and updated information, please contact Professor Haider Abbas at

Previous HASQ

  • HASQ 2016 - Vienna, Austria (in conjunction with QRS 2016)
  • HSASQ 2015 - Vancouver, Canada (in conjunction with QRS 2015)

HDSR 2017 Program

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