Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 2731–2741

A Mobile Agent Approach for Secure Integrated Medical Information Systems


    • Electrical Engineering DepartmentNational Taiwan University
  • Yu-Fang Chung
    • Electrical Engineering DepartmentTunghai University
  • Te-Wei Chiang
    • Urban Planning DepartmentNational Cheng Kung University
  • Tzer-Shyong Chen
    • Information Management DepartmentTunghai University
  • Sheng-De Wang
    • Electrical Engineering DepartmentNational Taiwan University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-011-9749-3

Cite this article as:
Liu, C., Chung, Y., Chiang, T. et al. J Med Syst (2012) 36: 2731. doi:10.1007/s10916-011-9749-3


Different patient-related information in medical organizations is the primary reference for medical personnel diagnosing, treating, and caring patients. With the rapid development of information technology, paper-based medical records have gradually been changed to electronic forms. However, different medical organizations present individual system specifications and data-saving formats so that the medical information of the same patient cannot be exchanged, shared, and securely accessed. In order not to largely change the present medical information systems as well as not to increase abundant costs, Virtual Integrated Medical-information Systems (VIMS) is proposed to assist various hospitals in information exchange. Furthermore, with Mobile Agent, the dispersed medical information can be securely integrated. It presents confidentiality, non-repudiation, source authentication, and integrity in network transmission. Virtual Integrated Medical-information Systems (VIMS) is a virtual electronic integration system combined with Mobile Agent technology. With the features of independence, adaptability, mobility, objectives, and autonomy, Mobile Agent is applied to overcome the problems from heterogeneous systems. With the features, the over-dispersed medical records can be integrated. Moreover, Mobile Agent can ensure the instantaneity and usability of medical records from which doctors can make the most appropriate evaluation and diagnoses. It will avoid the waste of medical resources, such as repetition medication, as well as become the reference of further consultation or health check. Not only can it improve the medical care quality, but it can be provided for medical research.


Medical information systemsElectronic patient recordMobile agentSecure integrated systemInformation security

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