Feb 11 – 14, 2008
<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
Europe/Zurich timezone

Smart adaptative identifier for a medical data retrievement system

Feb 12, 2008, 4:00 PM
Exhibition Hall (<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE)

Exhibition Hall

<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE

Board: P11
Poster Application Porting and Deployment Posters


Mr Paul De Vlieger (ERIM / LPC)


Grids provide a lot of possibilities in terms of data storage and exchange. By using the telemedecine application developed at LPC Clermont-Ferrand we plan to add some functionalities to manage patient data throughout medical centres. To get back all data around Europe concerning a patient we need to be able to identify these data ownership while certifying that alone, it must be impossible to regain the patient id by using data encryption technologies. For that we decided to consider the patient as the center of the medical data retrieval system. The idea is to store a scalable and dynamic identification number, stored in the patient' smart card and this identifier should be the key to regain all data regarding this patient. Each part of this identifier match a accurate medical act in the patient life. So the data retrieval system consists in an analysis of these parts, a download of associated data and a decryption.

3. Impact

The two parts : patient «number» and act key will be sufficient to retrieve the associated data. So for each kind of medical act, we would be able to find everything we want wherever they are located just with the data inside the patient smart card.
Finally the goal is to ease the patient access to their medical historic. Due to the high secure behaviour inside medical structures, it's completely impossible to get out data form these structures. Of course a centralized server isn't the good way to follow.
The main advantage of the grid is its capability to overcome the problem of accessing distributed data. We can use this technology to offer an high level abstraction of data management. The user should ask for a request and the grid send this one to all concerned databases inside several locations.
After that, we can use the computation power of the grid to put forward a bridge between data management and medical imaging treatment especially for high-cpu-time consuming 3D algorithms.

1. Short overview

At the time where we talk in Europe about a system to ease patients access to all their medical history, this issue causes a lot of difficulties. Actually patients who want to build it need to manually visit all medical centres they ever consult.
However, the main problem lie on security: for that, hospitals and all other medical structures adopted a high protectionist policy by keeping inside their own buildings all patient data. The grid technology can help us to overcome this problem.

4. Conclusions / Future plans

Everything need to be done, and for the beginning, we plan to test this method inside a small test structure: the ERIM, located at the Clermont-Ferrand hospital can directly access to both grid and hospital network.
If we obtain a well-structured tool we plan to spread it inside several locations to test it in a real-case application.
After that, everybody knows that the crucial point is located in the hospital and medical structures management.

Provide a set of generic keywords that define your contribution (e.g. Data Management, Workflows, High Energy Physics)

medical history, distributed databases, data encryption, smart identifier,

Primary author

Mr Paul De Vlieger (ERIM / LPC)


Prof. Jean-Yves Boire (ERIM INSERM ERI 14)

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