Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019

ModalityGuard protects unsecure DICOM and HL7 data during transfer while maintaining PACS workflow flexibility

ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity

August 7, 2019 — ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard. Health institutions no longer need to choose between being prepared for security threats and having a flexible and interoperable picture archiving and communication system (PACS) workflow.

In a standard workflow, every data packet that is transferred between PACS, electronic health records (EHRs) or financial systems are heavily encrypted to protect patient data — everything except DICOM and HL7 traffic. This represents a significant security risk, as simple packet capture software could reveal patient information in plain text.

“PICOM ModalityGuard delivers a highly secure, lightweight, transparent device to isolate unsecure DICOM and non-DICOM devices from the enterprise by placing them in an isolated private network” said ScImage’s founder and CEO, Sai Raya, Ph.D. “PICOM ModalityGuard™ provides transparent DICOM C-Store, C-Find, C-Move, MWL services to these devices. Legacy medical devices can operate the way normally operate and they are fully protected from cybersecurity threats.”

For a ScImage customer that is already using PICOM365 Enterprise PACS, the traffic between PicomGateway and the PICOM365 is already secure; but, third-party enterprise PACS can introduce new security risks that are solved by PICOM ModalityGuard. Organizations are also protected in situations where patient data is captured in a non-DICOM format.

PICOM365 by ScImage allows physicians, practices and patients to securely access any image, anytime, from anywhere. Deployable on-premise, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, PICOM365 is a flexible, scalable and secure solution for any size organization to read, report and exchange imaging data in a DoD, SCAP and STIGs approved system.

For more information: www.scimage.com

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