How Screwed is Indian Healthcare Data?

How Screwed is Indian Healthcare Data?

How I was able to view, edit, delete classified personal information of lakhs of patients all over India. This caught my attention, and I wanted to dig deeper, especially in the Indian context.

Some months ago, I read an interesting article on Techcrunch titled “A billion medical images are exposed online” about *medical imaging *storageservers that are not configured securely and are exposed online. This caught my attention, and I wanted to dig deeper, especially in the Indian context.

For you to understand the content better, I wrote this blog in a question-answer format.

Before going into the details, I am discussing some important concepts that are critical to this article.


What is DICOM?

DICOM stands for** Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine **and is a very old file format which is used for storing and sharing medical images. A series of images are stored in a single DICOM file which makes sharing data with other medical professionals easier.

You require a DICOM viewer to view these files. There are various software in the market(some of them free to download and use) doing this. As an analogy, you can think of them as regular photos.

What is PACS?

PACS stands for Picture Archiving and Communication System. You can think of it as a storage server for the medical images. These support imaging modalities such as X-Ray, CT scan, MRIs etc.

As an analogy, you can think PACS as a system with a hard disk inside which photos are stored. Take a look at the image below. It should give you a good overview.

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