Software-Defined Networking for Ubiquitous Healthcare Service Delivery

  • Foteini AndriopoulouEmail author
  • Konstantinos Birkos
  • Georgios Mantas
  • Dimitrios LymberopoulosEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 263)


The growth of the mobile, portable devices and the server-to-server communication through cloud computing increase the network traffic. The dependence of the ubiquitous healthcare service delivery on the network connectivity creates failures that may interrupt or delay the treatment plan with adverse effects in patients’ quality of life even leading to mortality. In the present work, we propose the incorporation of Software Defined Networking (SDN) features in the healthcare domain in order to provide the appropriate bandwidth and guarantee the accurate real time medical data transmission independently of the connectivity of the ISP provider. The SDN controller monitors the network traffic and specifies how traffic should be routed providing load balancing, lower delays and better performance. Finally, the proposed healthcare architecture addresses the SDN scalability challenge by incorporating the logically centralized control plane using multiple distributed controllers. A 2-tier hierarchical overlay is formed among SDN controllers following the principles of peer-to-peer networking.


Software defined network Body area networks Ubiquitous healthcare service delivery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering and ScienceUniversity of GreenwichLondonUK
  3. 3.Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesAveiroPortugal

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