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The growth in use of medical imaging resulted in great challenges, such as handling, storing, retrieving and transmitting biomedical images. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act went into effect in February 2010 [1]. The HITECH Act has drawn great attention to healthcare IT. One of the major concerns in healthcare IT is the development of highly secure medical imaging archiving systems. Although, the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard [2] enables the integration of modalities, servers, workstations and printers into a picture archiving and communication system (PACS), it does not specify how to handle the underlying storage system efficiently and securely. Further, a commercial PACS system often does not actively address the security concerns of healthcare professionals. Meanwhile, due to the lack of expert knowledge in the computer and information security fields, the physicians and medical imaging technicians are often reluctant to embrace new medical imaging technologies. In some cases, healthcare professionals are not able to fully appreciate security issues. Without proper education, it is hardly possible to increase the medical professionals’ level of confidence, over the security features of a medical imaging system. On the other hand, when developing such a system, the software engineers need to have a deep understanding of not only the importance of security in such an environment, but also possess a certain level of knowledge about the medical practice environment. Therefore, cross-disciplinary collaboration is inevitable.


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