System Level Design of a Secure Healthcare Smart Card System

OKSAR M., Ors B., Saldamli G.

IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), Virginia, United States Of America, 29 April 2011, pp.170-175 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/sieds.2011.5876872
  • City: Virginia
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.170-175
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Smart card-based healthcare system has several advantages over conventional paper-based systems in terms of security, privacy and portablity. In this study, a secure health care smart card system was designed and simulated. The goal of the project is to design a smart card system which will meet the major requirements of a healthcare identity system. Main features of the proposed system are data storage and secure data transfer. The system is a heterogeneous system with hardware and software components and it was designed using electronic system-level design methodology (ESL) with a top-down approach. It consists of cryptographic primitives, a central processing unit and memory blocks. RSA and AES are used for key share and encryption, respectively. An LFSR is employed to generate pseudo-random numbers which are used for calculating keys. We have used Aldec Active-HDL Student Edition to develop the system and perform mixed-language simulations. We have functionally verified the system using Active-HDL.