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Dartmouth gets $3 million from the National Science Foundation for IT research in health care
Date:8/5/2009

HANOVER, NH Dartmouth has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for research to develop secure and trustworthy computing systems for healthcare settings.

The project, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, the national economic stimulus bill), is aimed at improving the security and effectiveness of information technology infrastructure in the healthcare industry, which in turn will help meet two of its most significant challenges of the 21st century: improving the quality of care and controlling costs.

Called the Trustworthy Information Systems for Healthcare (TISH) project http://www.ists.dartmouth.edu/projects/tish.html, the Dartmouth research will address fundamental challenges in information security in healthcare, such as protecting the security of clinical information while ensuring that clinicians can access information they need, and enhancing the collection of data from wearable sensor devices to enable physicians to better monitor patients' health with both security and privacy in mind.

"Healthcare information systems are a key part of ARRA and are important for other pending healthcare reform proposals," said David Kotz, the principal investigator for TISH and a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College. "Developing, deploying, and using information technology that is both secure and genuinely effective in the complex clinical, organizational, and economic environment of healthcare is a significant challenge. Our research will help address the important security and privacy challenges inherent in such systems."

Denise Anthony, part of the TISH team and the research director at Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS), added, "As President Obama has made clear, the vision for a 21st century health system requires all health information in electronic form, del
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Contact: Sue Knapp
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603-646-3661
Dartmouth College
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