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Secure Integration of Distributed Medical Data Using Mobile Agents
November/December 2006 (vol. 21 no. 6)
pp. 47-54
Pedro Manuel Vieira-Marques, University of Porto
Sergi Robles, Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona
Jordi Cucurull, Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona
Ricardo Jo?o Cruz-Correia, University of Porto
Guillermo Navarro, Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona
Ramon Mart?, Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona
This article is part of a special issue on Intelligent Agents in Healthcare. This article proposes a secure medical-information-gathering system based on mobile agents that overcomes traditional systems' data availability issues. Information availability is a major concern when the provision of care is at stake. Physicians make their decisions based on available information. Virtual electronic patient records (VEPRs) provide the necessary means for intra-institution data integration, enabling a single view of all patients' clinical information. Nevertheless, patients are mobile entities visiting multiple institutions during their life, leaving a trail of scattered information. This proposal is based on a mobile-agent system that provides IEEE-FIPA standardized interinstitution data discovery, transport, and integration for medical information. It combines traditional security schemes for protecting information with advanced agent-driven self-protection mechanisms and role-based access control. The system interacts with remote legacy applications, thus facilitating integration of clinical documents. Highly sensitive medical information can be brought where needed.
Index Terms:
healthcare applications, virtual electronic patient records (VEPR), mobile agents, integration of medical data, security
Citation:
Pedro Manuel Vieira-Marques, Sergi Robles, Jordi Cucurull, Ricardo Jo?o Cruz-Correia, Guillermo Navarro, Ramon Mart?, "Secure Integration of Distributed Medical Data Using Mobile Agents," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 47-54, Nov.-Dec. 2006, doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.120
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