Journal of Digital Imaging Open Access Article

Alexander J. Towbin, Delaney D. Ding, Moneif Eid, Heather Kimball, Julia Komissarchik, John Memarian & Seetharam C. Chadalavada


Sensitive images represent a new challenge in enterprise imaging. These images, often containing nudity or gruesome content, have the potential to cause emotional harm to patients and people who view the images. Unfortunately, the interoperability standards used in imaging informatics have not yet addressed this issue. Because of this, the software solutions used in healthcare information technology are not able to offer patients and other viewers of image protections. In this Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)/Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) Enterprise Imaging Community Whitepaper, we define sensitive images, identify unique challenges related to their management, and provide recommendations for future solutions to protect our patients.

Publish Date

Feb 13, 2024



Resource Type

  • White Paper

Audience Type

  • Clinician
  • Developer
  • Imaging IT
  • Researcher/Scientist
  • Student Member in Training (SMIT)
  • Vendor


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