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Identification and Evaluation of the Security Requirements in Medical Applications

Hamilton, Deborah L.

HPL-92-75

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Abstract: Computerized medical systems are emerging to help health care professionals cope with the difficult problems of patient data explosion and increasingly complex diagnostic information. The security of these medical information systems is extremely important-one catastrophe could hamper their chance of success. The state-of-the-art security mechanisms can not appropriately address the needs of these systems without interfering with the system's effectiveness and current research efforts are not aimed at the unique needs of the medical industry. This paper summarizes the security aspects of today's medical information systems and evaluates the software security requirements necessary for the computerized systems of tomorrow. The second part of this paper discusses how these concerns are addressed by today's technology.

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