3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Secure healthcare information exchange for local domains

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        author={Guy C. Hembroff and Sead Muftic},
        title={Secure healthcare information exchange for local domains},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={security; biometrics electronic medical records; interoperability; federation; smart card; healthcare; HL7},
  • Guy C. Hembroff
    Sead Muftic
    Year: 2009
    Secure healthcare information exchange for local domains
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5969
Guy C. Hembroff1,*, Sead Muftic2,*
  • 1: School of Technology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, United States
  • 2: SETECS Inc., Silver Spring, United States
*Contact email: hembroff@mtu.edu, sead.muftic@setecs.com


The National Institutes of Health, along with other healthcare related agencies, continue to define the importance of exchanging medical data between hospitals and other healthcare providers. However, issues within the medical field such as interoperability, scalability and security continue to plague electronic exchange of information within the healthcare sector. In this paper we present an approach, called Secure Healthcare Information Exchange for Local Domains (SHIELD), which defines strategic components within an architecture that solves the problem of interoperability, scalability and security. Our solution integrates biometric and smart card technology that permits each hospital to exchange medical data with other hospitals within the trusted federation, without sacrificing the ability for individual hospitals to maintain their own policy enforcement. This research is currently being implemented within one Regional Center and fourteen hospitals within the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States.