A JAVA-based DICOM server with integration of clinical findings and DICOM-conform data encryption.Int J Med Inform. 2001 Dec; 64(2-3):429-38.IJ
The transfer of large amounts of medical data within heterogeneous hard and software infrastructures and the exploitation of distributed resources require a fast, secure, and platform-independent data exchange. To avoid costly vendor-specific solutions, a DICOM server was implemented in JAVA. Data access was enabled via internet browser technology. Relevant patient and image acquisition information was extracted from the DICOM images and stored into a relational database. Patient information such as radiological findings were transferred from the Radiological Information System into the database. Image data were accessed either by a fast preview tool or using a JAVA-based DICOM viewer. Since data security mechanisms are not yet part of the DICOM standard, a DICOM-conform encryption of sensitive patient data was implemented. The method allowed a dynamic selection of the data to be encrypted. Integrating this module into the image server enabled the fast and secure transfer of image data across insecure networks as well as long-term storage on CD-Recordables.