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Building an integrated clinical and research network
Author(s): Marion C. Meissner; Betty A. Levine; Seong Ki Mun
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Paper Abstract

At the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Radiology we are currently involved in integrating three diverse networks into a coherent whole. We are installing a new Radiology Information System (RIS) and a new Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) as well as upgrading our existing research network, which provides Internet access, to add office automation tools. To accomplish this, many issues have to be resolved. Users of the different systems have different requirements and must have different levels of access to data on the various systems. For example, researchers need access to Internet resources and e-mail while data from the clinical systems must be protected from the outside world. Physicians and some other users on the non-clinical network also require fast and convenient access to the RIS and PACS for clinical uses. Parts of the network should be shielded from the heavy image traffic created by the PACS. On the other hand, because clinical data is also used for research, a connection between the networks is necessary. Our solution for providing adequate access for all users, assuring confidentiality for patient data, and managing network traffic will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2618, Health Care Information Infrastructure, (9 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.231666
Show Author Affiliations
Marion C. Meissner, Georgetown University Medical Ctr. (United States)
Betty A. Levine, Georgetown University Medical Ctr. (United States)
Seong Ki Mun, Georgetown University Medical Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2618:
Health Care Information Infrastructure
Luis G. Kun, Editor(s)

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