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Managing healthcare information using short message service (SMS) in wireless broadband networks
Author(s): Jorge Documet; Sinchai Tsao; Luis Documet; Brent J. Liu; Zheng Zhou; Anika O. Joseph
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Paper Abstract

Due to the ubiquity of cell phones, SMS (Short Message Service) has become an ideal means to wirelessly manage a Healthcare environment and in particular PACS (Picture Archival and Communications System) data. SMS is a flexible and mobile method for real-time access and control of Healthcare information systems such as HIS (Hospital Information System) or PACS. Unlike conventional wireless access methods, SMS' mobility is not limited by the presence of a WiFi network or any other localized signal. It provides a simple, reliable yet flexible method to communicate with an information system. In addition, SMS services are widely available for low costs from cellular phone service providers and allows for more mobility than other services such as wireless internet. This paper aims to describe a use case of SMS as a means of remotely communicating with a PACS server. Remote access to a PACS server and its Query-Retrieve services allows for a more convenient, flexible and streamlined radiology workflow. Wireless access methods such as SMS will increase dedicated PACS workstation availability for more specialized DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) workflow management. This implementation will address potential security, performance and cost issues of applying SMS as part of a healthcare information management system. This is in an effort to design a wireless communication system with optimal mobility and flexibility at minimum material and time costs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6516, Medical Imaging 2007: PACS and Imaging Informatics, 65160T (21 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.710160
Show Author Affiliations
Jorge Documet, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Sinchai Tsao, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Luis Documet, Saints John's Health Ctr. (United States)
Brent J. Liu, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Zheng Zhou, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Anika O. Joseph, Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6516:
Medical Imaging 2007: PACS and Imaging Informatics
Steven C. Horii; Katherine P. Andriole, Editor(s)

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