Dartmouth awarded grant to strengthen cybersecurity of medical records
David Kotz, an associate dean and professor of computer science at Dartmouth will lead a study funded by a $10 million grant that will find ways to improve cybersecurity of medical records. (FILE PHOTO)
The Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontier Award is to support a five-year project called Trustworthy Health and Wellness, known as THaW, said David Kotz, Dartmouth's associate dean of the faculty for the sciences and a professor of computer science.
As the lead school, Dartmouth is to be bestowed $4 million of the $10 million grant, he said.
The project is part of Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology and Society's research initiative on information systems and health care.
Mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and medical devices that control medical implants wirelessly, as well as cloud-based services, are the focus of the study, Kotz said.
"If you are a small clinic, it's not your expertise, information technology," Kotz said, so the practice would likely choose cloud-based services. How that sensitive information is protected from hackers is the issue.
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