A Privacy-Aware Kinect-Based System for Healthcare Professionals

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Publication Title

2016 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT)


In this paper, we present a novel system for healthcare professionals to enhance their compliance with best practices and regulations using Microsoft Kinect sensors and smart watches while strictly protecting patient privacy. A core contribution of this study is a registration mechanism for a healthcare professional to explicitly give our system the permission to monitor his or her activities. Our system supports the use of multiple Kinect sensors for improved tracking accuracy and better coverage for large workplaces. Furthermore, we introduce a non-intrusive biometrics-based single sign-on mechanism to allow a user to register once for all Kinect sensors within each session. Finally, our system generates alerts reliably on detection of non-compliant activities and delivers the alerts discreetly to a consented healthcare professional via a designated smart watch according to his/her personal preference.

Original Citation

W. Zhao, R. Lun, C. Gordon, A. B. Fofana, D. D. Espy, M. A. Reinthal, B. Ekelman, G. Goodman, J. Niederriter, Chaomin Luo and Xiong Luo, "A privacy-aware kinect-based system for healthcare professionals," in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT), 2016, pp. 205-210.