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HIPAA-compliant automatic monitoring system for RIS-integrated PACS operation
Author(s): Jin Jin; Jianguo Zhang; Xiaomeng Chen; Jianyong Sun; Yuanyuan Yang; Chenwen Liang; Jie Feng; Liwei Sheng; H. K. Huang
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Paper Abstract

As a governmental regulation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was issued to protect the privacy of health information that identifies individuals who are living or deceased. HIPAA requires security services supporting implementation features: Access control; Audit controls; Authorization control; Data authentication; and Entity authentication. These controls, which proposed in HIPAA Security Standards, are Audit trails here. Audit trails can be used for surveillance purposes, to detect when interesting events might be happening that warrant further investigation. Or they can be used forensically, after the detection of a security breach, to determine what went wrong and who or what was at fault. In order to provide security control services and to achieve the high and continuous availability, we design the HIPAA-Compliant Automatic Monitoring System for RIS-Integrated PACS operation. The system consists of two parts: monitoring agents running in each PACS component computer and a Monitor Server running in a remote computer. Monitoring agents are deployed on all computer nodes in RIS-Integrated PACS system to collect the Audit trail messages defined by the Supplement 95 of the DICOM standard: Audit Trail Messages. Then the Monitor Server gathers all audit messages and processes them to provide security information in three levels: system resources, PACS/RIS applications, and users/patients data accessing. Now the RIS-Integrated PACS managers can monitor and control the entire RIS-Integrated PACS operation through web service provided by the Monitor Server. This paper presents the design of a HIPAA-compliant automatic monitoring system for RIS-Integrated PACS Operation, and gives the preliminary results performed by this monitoring system on a clinical RIS-integrated PACS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6145, Medical Imaging 2006: PACS and Imaging Informatics, 61451B (16 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.652916
Show Author Affiliations
Jin Jin, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Jianguo Zhang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Xiaomeng Chen, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Jianyong Sun, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Yuanyuan Yang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Chenwen Liang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Jie Feng, Huadong Hospital (China)
Liwei Sheng, Huadong Hospital (China)
H. K. Huang, Univ. of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6145:
Medical Imaging 2006: PACS and Imaging Informatics
Steven C. Horii; Osman M. Ratib, Editor(s)

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