SD Elements Develops Secure Application Solution for X-Ray Sharing Startup image32

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Application security tool SD Elements helps medical cloud startup image32 achieve HIPAA compliance and strong cyber security protection. SD Elements is the industry's first Secure Application Lifecycle Management (SALM) tool and eliminates up to 97 percent of application security risks.

Image32 Medical Image Sharing Product
We found SD Elements to be a turnkey solution to our security issues - allowing us to build multiple layers of security into the product from the start.

Fast access to X-rays, CT scans and MRIs is a key issue for doctors and medical providers in their effort to better diagnose and treat patients, and to eliminate redundant imaging tests which expose patients to harmful radiation - but federal regulations and security fears have made technological solutions for this difficult and risky. A California startup called image32 recently developed a cloud-based solution to enable physicians and patients to share these images beyond a medical facility’s firewall - the problem was, how to make sure the application used to upload and view these images met HIPAA privacy regulations and data security requirements?

“The healthcare industry’s use and distribution of patient information is heavily regulated, which has in the past made it difficult for a technology solution to enable cross-network sharing without significant security and compliance costs,” said Rohit Sethi, VP of SD Elements. “For a startup like image32, the traditional process of paying a consultant or purchasing a scanning tool to simply assess the applications for security and compliance would have been error-prone and so expensive as to be prohibitive. We offered them a different solution: a new application security tool that built security in from the start, allowing them to meet stringent compliance and security tests at a fraction of the cost of typical software security assessments.”

SD Elements is a secure software development tool that makes it easy for development teams to meet high-level security requirements - including HIPAA, PCI and the European Privacy Directive.The automated process guides the developer step-by-step through the software build process by providing them with all the relevant security requirements they need to meet and prioritizing these tasks. It also offers a 10-minute automated risk analysis to test which risks the app is vulnerable to; a reporting dashboard that allows them to prove to auditors that the app meets security/privacy requirements; and other features.

Developers that use SD Elements eliminate up to 97 percent of application security risks, including 42 percent of risks that are hard to find with combined automated static analysis and dynamic testing tools.

“High security and privacy standards are obviously key to a company like ours,” said Bob Pellican, CEO/cofounder of image32. “However, as a startup, the costs associated with software security testing would have been difficult to manage. We found SD Elements to be a turnkey solution to our security issues - allowing us to build multiple layers of security into the product from the start. The tool has a nice way of letting you tell it what your technology stack is and, based on that information, it comes back and tells you the actions you should take to lock down your security.”

After developing its application through the SD Element platform, image32’s medical image sharing service is now HIPAA compliant and secure from serious cybersecurity vulnerabilities and information leakage threats. The service is already in use at medical facilities in California.


SD Elements is the industry’s first Secure Application Lifecycle Management (SALM) solution and allows developers, for the first time, to build security directly into a web or mobile application from the start, eliminating up to 97% of high-risk security vulnerabilities. The interactive, easy-to-use software tool guides developers through the secure coding process to ensure that all apps meet the industry’s highest level of software security requirements. SD Elements catches and prevents a significantly higher percentage of app vulnerabilities than static analysis and dynamic testing combined. Founded in 2012, SD Elements is a product of application security firm Security Compass, headquartered in Toronto.


image32 is the world’s first doctor and patient-centered medical image sharing system. image32 allows individual doctors and groups to easily share medical imaging studies across hospital and clinic boundaries to facilitate curbside consultations and expedite patient transfers. image32 is designed in Menlo Park, California, by Interconnect Medical, Inc.

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