SHARPS Update 1st & 2nd Quarters 2012

The purpose of the SHARPS Update is to keep parties interested in the project informed of its developments and to report upcoming meetings and activities of interest to researchers in privacy and security for healthcare.

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SHARPS Project Reviews

SHARPS team members gave research updates and answered the questions of the reviewers for two reviews in January. The ONC designated NORC to audit of year 1 of the four SHARP projects and our review was held on January 23 and 24. On January 25 the ONC conducted a year 2 review teleconference with key members of the HHS and the Federal Steering Committee. The reports of these audits are pending.


Pan-SHARP Medication List Reconciliation

Bernie A’cs, from the National Center of Supercomputing Applications at UIUC has been added to the SHARPS research team. Bernie is working with Jorge Herskovic (SHARPC) and David Arney (MDPnP) on the PAN-SHARP Medication List Reconciliation Project. The PAN-SHARP team has met both in person several times including a meeting during the 2012 HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

SHARPS contribution is on the mechanics of the security implementation. More specifically, the needs which provide an external (or hosted) service that could be used to collect, maintain, and provide audit trails for all transactions, enable basic public-key infrastructure (PKI) features for the consumer/user applications.

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SHARPS Resources

Two new Resources have been added to the SHARPS web site. These Resources are HIPAA As a Logic Program, and the PATRN Toolkit.  The HIPAA As a Logic Program is a translation of the HIPAA law into a logical programming language, Prolog.  The Policy Authoring & Reasoning (PATRN) Toolkit was created to provide a unified way to create and model ontologies, policy templates and to compose the ontologies with the policy templates to define privacy policies.  See the SHARPS Resource page for more information and links to each of the Resources.


SHARPS Team Members in the News and Media

There is a new Media page on SHARPS website - highlights include:

SHARPS Overview Video
Produced by Michael Le May, former UIUC postdoc. The video gives an easy to understand overview of the SHARPS research.

Mark Frisse (Vanderbilt)
Was interviewed by iMedicalApps regarding the sharing of health data and how the city of Memphis saved over $1 million per year.

Ellick Chan (Stanford)
Describes mobile phone vulnerabilities at during an interview on YouTube.

Kevin Fu (UMass)
Discusses medical device security on the Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada.

Seminar archives of SHARPS team members are also posted on the Media page. If you have a media piece that might be of interest and you would like added to the SHARPS web site, please contact Andrea Whitesell.

SHARPS Face-to-Face Meeting

2012 SHARPS F2F Meeting

The annual meeting of the SHARPS program was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on May 7 and 8. In attendance were 70 researchers from the 12 collaborating institutions. Senior Investigators and Component Leads with their research staff were present. The HHS-ONC was represented by SHARPS program manager and the Chief Privacy Officer, Joy Pritts. The progress of the program was presented and future direction discussed.

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SITH2 Workshop

The Securing Information Technology in Healthcare: Part II (SITH2) Workshop was held at Dartmouth College on May 15 and 16. The workshop was co-sponsored by SHARPS and addressed a variety of issues associated healthcare IT. Topics included usability and healthcare data breaches, clinical systems, mobile health, secure audit, and policy and technical approaches to health IT privacy and security. For more information about the workshop, see the workshop website.

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SHARPS Publications

Sixteen new papers representing SHARPS research were added to the website. To see the complete list of the SHARPS papers, visit the publications web page.

To add publications to the SHARPS online list, please contact Andrea Whitesell.