Issue No. 06 - November/December (2006 vol. 21)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIS.2006.120
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.
healthcare applications, virtual electronic patient records (VEPR), mobile agents, integration of medical data, security
R. Mart?, J. Cucurull, S. Robles, R. J. Cruz-Correia, P. M. Vieira-Marques and G. Navarro, "Secure Integration of Distributed Medical Data Using Mobile Agents," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 47-54, 2006.