Date of Award

Fall 4-26-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)


Information Technology

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Hossain Shahriar

Second Advisor

Dr. Maria Valero

Third Advisor

Dr. Rifatul Islam


The proliferation of mobile health technology, or mHealth apps, has made it essential to protect individual health details. People now have easy access to digital platforms that allow them to save, share, and access their medical data and treatment information as well as easily monitor and manage health-related issues. It is crucial to make sure that protected health information (PHI) is effectively and securely transmitted, received, created, and maintained in accordance with the rules outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as the use of mHealth apps increases. Unfortunately, many mobile app developers, particularly those of mHealth apps, do not completely understand the HIPAA security and privacy requirements. This offers a unique opportunity for research to create an analytical framework that can help programmers maintain safe and HIPAA-compliant source code while also educating users about the security and privacy of private health information. The plan is to develop a framework which will serve as the foundation for developing an integrated development environment (IDE) plugin for mHealth app developers and a web-based interface for mHealth app consumers. This will help developers identify and address HIPAA compliance issues during the development process and provide consumers with a tool to evaluate the privacy and security of mHealth apps before downloading and using them. The goal is to encourage the development of secure and compliant mHealth apps that safeguard personal health information.