15 April 2005 Educational RIS/PACS simulator integrated with the HIPAA compliant auditing (HCA) toolkit
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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a guideline for healthcare privacy and security, has been officially instituted recently. HIPAA mandates healthcare providers to follow its privacy and security rules, one of which is to have the ability to generate audit trails on the data access for any specific patient on demand. Although most current medical imaging systems such as PACS utilize logs to record their activities, there is a lack of formal methodology to interpret these large volumes of log data and generate HIPAA compliant auditing trails. In this paper, we present a HIPAA compliant auditing (HCA) toolkit for auditing the image data flow of PACS. The toolkit can extract pertinent auditing information from the logs of various PACS components and store the information in a centralized auditing database. The HIPAA compliant audit trails can be generated based on the database, which can also be utilized for data analysis to facilitate the dynamic monitoring of the data flow of PACS. In order to demonstrate the HCA toolkit in a PACS environment, it was integrated with the PACS Simulator, that was presented as an educational tool in 2003 and 2004 SPIE. With the integration of the HCA toolkit with the PACS simulator, users can learn HIPAA audit concepts and how to generate audit trails of image data access in PACS, as well as trace the image data flow of PACS Simulator through the toolkit.
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Zheng Zhou, Zheng Zhou, Brent J. Liu, Brent J. Liu, H. K. Huang, H. K. Huang, J. Zhang, J. Zhang, "Educational RIS/PACS simulator integrated with the HIPAA compliant auditing (HCA) toolkit", Proc. SPIE 5748, Medical Imaging 2005: PACS and Imaging Informatics, (15 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595383; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.595383

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