Methods Inf Med 2000; 39(01): 70-72
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1634250
Original Article
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An End-to-End Secure Patient Information Access Card System

A. Alkhateeb
1  Department of Medical Informatics, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
,
H. Singer
2  Advanced Telecommunications Research Laboratories ATR, Kyoto, Japan
,
M. Yakami
2  Advanced Telecommunications Research Laboratories ATR, Kyoto, Japan
,
T. Takahashi
1  Department of Medical Informatics, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
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Publication Date:
07 February 2018 (online)

Abstract:

The rapid development of the Internet and the increasing interest in Internet-based solutions has promoted the idea of creating Internet-based health information applications. This will force a change in the role of IC cards in healthcare card systems from a data carrier to an access key medium. At the Medical Informatics Department of Kyoto University Hospital we are developing a smart card patient information project where patient databases are accessed via the Internet. Strong end-to-end data encryption is performed via Secure Socket Layers, transparent to transmit patient information. The smart card is playing the crucial role of access key to the database: user authentication is performed internally without ever revealing the actual key. For easy acceptance by healthcare professionals, the user interface is integrated as a plug-in for two familiar Web browsers, Netscape Navigator and MS Internet Explorer.