Telemedicine: opportunities and risks

Vogl R

Forschungsartikel (Zeitschrift)


Problem. Due to the rapid progress in the fields of information technology and data networks, telemedicine applications are growing in number. Besides curative telemedicine,the electronic exchange of medical data and the integration of health information systems between health care providers is gaining importance. Through the improved accessibility of electronic patient record information, considerable risks arise. Methods. A project for the interconnection of medical picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) between several hospitals is presented and the possibilities for further developing such networking systems utilizing new software technologies for transparent data access between different locations (GRID) and for decision support (software agents) are considered. Results. The availability of the electronic patient record via the data network and the perspective of semi intelligent software systems automatically preparing the data bears great potential for a boost in treatment quality and efficiency. Systems for unique electronic patient identification and for secure digital signature are a prerequisite, but per se not enough to ensure the protection of data against illegitimate access. Conclusion. Despite quality and efficiency benefits, challenges in the protection of sensible data and in the change of the physicians role result.

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Seiten: 4
Veröffentlichungsjahr: 2002
Sprache, in der die Publikation verfasst istDeutsch