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Vanderbilt researchers play major role in new center on electronic health information privacy
Date:5/28/2010

ronic health care records and ISIS contributes a structured approach to data security and extensive software tools that it has developed to protect sensitive data for the Department of Defense.

"Our ability to combine engineering and medical skills and apply them to the domain of health care gives us a distinct advantage in fulfilling the goals of the new program, which is to identify barriers to adoption of information technology and develop solutions that allow its meaningful use," Frisse said.

Vanderbilt has gained experience in this area through its participation in the TRUST Science and Technology Center founded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation. The $40 million TRUST Center, whose core members are the University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon University; Cornell University; Stanford University; and Vanderbilt University, is one of the nation's leading research consortiums focusing on the scientific foundations of system security and privacy. Vanderbilt has headed up TRUST's health-care-related program.

"Vanderbilt Engineering is very pleased to partner with our colleagues in the VU Medical Center and around the U.S. to advance the state-of-the-art for secure health care information technology. It is a terrific team working to solve a critical challenge," said Kenneth F. Galloway, dean of the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University."

The SHARPS center will focus on three specific subjects: electronic health records, health information exchanges and telemedicine:

  • Most U.S. hospitals have digitized their health records despite the fact that they are subject to new kinds of risks, such as the ease with which a thief can carry away thousands of patient records on a USB thumb drive or the possibility that the records can be hacked when they are put online to increase accessibility.
  • Health information exchange comes into play whenever patients and their doctors are separated geographically for example,
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Contact: David F. Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University
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