DICOM overview

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is an international standard used for storing, integrating and exchanging medical image data. DICOM is mainly used in radiology, cardiology imaging, x-ray, CT, MRI etc. and one of the widely used medical standards by clinicians in the world.

DICOM was established in 1982. Back in olden days exchanging medical images from one device/software to other was a cumbersome process because of different formats adopted by device. It involves conversion of source image into target device specific format. Also storing images with patient information. DICOM created to solve these compatibility issues. The main purpose of this standard is to enable interoperability among various medical devices/software’s to create, exchange and view medical image files without any specific conversion. Read more

HealthCare Identifiers for Individual and Provider

Recent National E-Health implementation added additional identifiers IHI, HPI-I and HPI-O can be used for an individual and provider on top of existing identifiers such as Medicare, Insurance etc. Different identifiers are used for different purposes for example insurance identifier is used when sending  insurance information to identify specific individual, IHI number used when accessing PCEHR, organisation may use one Medicare number for billing purposes and other for administrative purposes. Read more

Australian HealthCare Identifiers and Service

Healthcare identifiers (HI) Service developed by the federal, state and territory governments that uniquely identifies healthcare providers and consumers. These identifiers are important building blocks of E-Health in Australia and used to enable PCEHR system and are used on medical documents, patient wrist bands, tokens etc. Read more

Algorithms for DNA related analysis – Introduction

Before discussing about algorithms, I will discuss some frequent terms used in DNA analysis. I’m not a biological student but one who uses algorithms  for DNA mappings, sequencing related analysis need to understand frequently used terms around DNA Read more

EMR and PHR for use in hospitals

An EMR is an electronic health record system that keeps track of patient’s medical history specific to particular provider. It’s a digital version of paper charts maintained by providers. People who are in patient care(doctor, clinician, radiologist, pharmacist etc.) will access EMR to view and update medical records frequently. Read more

Microsoft Health Vault PHR for use in hospital

Hospitals maintains patient’s health records with EMR software which are fully controlled and managed by them and are specific in nature. This type of record management unless implemented part of EMR software have the following limitations when addressing patient’s needs. Most EMR’s available in the market doesn’t provide these features and are expensive to develop. Read more

ASP.Net Web API 2 controller custom content negotiation

By default, ASP.net web api 2 automatically  delivers xml and json content types without any explicit serialization in controller with the help of content negotiation (conneg).

For example if your controller defines a default Get method that returns some object, on client request this object may be returned as xml or json string without adding explicit serialization code inside the method. Read more