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Radiologe. 2003 Aug;43(8):665-70.

[Does the digital signature of the DICOM standard meet the requirements of German law?].

[Article in German]

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Fachbereich Informatik, Fachhochschule Dortmund. schuetze@medizin-informatik.org

Abstract

The DICOM standard offers the possibilities to generate electronic signatures, valid according to German laws. This enhances the reliability of the correlation between image and patient data. However, only so called qualified electronic signatures--conveniently issued by an accredited supplier--are permissible and not rejectable as evidence in German jurisdiction and are completely equivalent to the handwritten signatures. These qualified electronic signatures can be executed only by individuals, whereas the former are not applicable to technical apparatus like image generating modalities. In consequence, a modality is able to provide its pictures with a "common or advanced signature" solely. This limits the use of the digital signature of the DICOM standard for further applications, e.g. the verifiability within the teleradiology.

PMID:
14504768
DOI:
10.1007/s00117-003-0922-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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