The Hospital Information System Using Two Separate Virtual Servers Connected to the Internet with Strong Security
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To achieve both security and convenience of hospital information systems,
we introduced two virtual servers; one with an Internet connection and the other using
electronic medical records not connected to the Internet. Electronic medical records and
other applications, such as mailer, Microsoft office products, and Internet browser,
were ran by Citrix XenApp™, a product of an application virtualization. The virtual
servers connected to the Internet and the virtual servers for the electronic medical
records were isolated, and the interface between the two was strictly cutting off. Clients
were based on the thin and thick client principles, and ordinary personal computers
were allowed for applications not installed in the virtual servers. We set up personal
data and unit data repositories in the virtual server that was connected to the Internet.
Therefore, when users logged in using the contact type IC card to authenticate the
active directory, they were able to operate both the electronic medical records and the
shared data repositories anywhere in the hospital. Users could search the Internet even
while writing electronic medical records, and the number of PCs connected to the
electric medical records was increase significantly, which resulted in additional
expansion of the blade servers. To develop the virtualization system of the HIS,
stabilization of virtualization technology, virtual license fee of applications, and
improvement of management capacity will be required.
Client, Electronic medical records, Hospital information system.
Department of Informatics, Kure National Hospital Organization Medical Center and Chugoku Cancer Center, 3-1 Aoyama-cho, Kure 737-0023, Japan.