Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 25–31 | Cite as

Architecture of Portable Electronic Medical Records System Integrated with Streaming Media

  • Wei Chen
  • Chien-Chou Shih
Original Paper


Due to increasing occurrence of accidents and illness during business trips, travel, or overseas studies, the requirement for portable EMR (Electronic Medical Records) has increased. This study proposes integrating streaming media technology into the EMR system to facilitate referrals, contracted laboratories, and disease notification among hospitals. The current study encoded static and dynamic medical images of patients into a streaming video format and stored them in a Flash Media Server (FMS). Based on the Taiwan Electronic Medical Record Template (TMT) standard, EMR records can be converted into XML documents and used to integrate description fields with embedded streaming videos. This investigation implemented a web-based portable EMR interchanging system using streaming media techniques to expedite exchanging medical image information among hospitals. The proposed architecture of the portable EMR retrieval system not only provides local hospital users the ability to acquire EMR text files from a previous hospital, but also helps access static and dynamic medical images as reference for clinical diagnosis and treatment. The proposed method protects property rights of medical images through information security mechanisms of the Medical Record Interchange Service Center and Health Certificate Authorization to facilitate proper, efficient, and continuous treatment of patients.


Portable EMR Streaming media XML Medical records exchange 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Multimedia ApplicationAsia UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Information and CommunicationTamkang UniversityTamsuiTaiwan

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