SHARPS Update 4th Quarter 2011

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.


ACM Computer and Communications Security Coference

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SHARPS had an impressive presence at the 18th Annual CCS held in Chicago in October. Eight SHARPS researchers, plus several post docs and students attended this leading international forum for information and security researchers who presented on all theoretical and practical aspects of computer security. SHARPS research was also represented at the joint workshops: WPES, SPSM and DIM.

A paper of note from the conference is Policy Auditing over Incomplete Logs: Theory, Implementation and Applications by Anupam Datta and the team from Carnegie Mellon, Deepak Garg and Limin Jia.

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AMIA 2011 Annual Symposium

AMIA, the primary forum for the presentation of research and development related to the structure and management of data, design, implementation and evaluation of information systems in biomedical and health informatics was held this past October in Washington, DC. One of the goals of AMIA is to use health information technology to improve patient care through meaningful use. Eight SHARPS researchers attended the symposium, including Mark Frisse who facilitated the Connecting States to HIE Tutorial with Doug Fridsma of the ONC.

A SHARPS team paper that is included in the AMIA proceedings is Role Prediction using Electronic Medical Record System Audits by Wen Zhang, Carl Gunter, David Liebovitz, Jian Tian and Bradley Malin.

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Amphion Forum

The Amphion Forum held in November in Minneapolis, MN brought together leaders from academia, business, government and technology for an exclusive summit to discuss the threats and opportunities presented by the unprecedented proliferation of medical devices, 50 invited participants engaged in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities to explore the most compelling ideas for realizing the potential of the “Internet of Things”. Panelists included Ruzena Bajcsy, Kevin Fu, and Andras Nadas.

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mHealth Summit

The mHealth Summit was held in Washington, DC in December. The summit provided a dedicated focus to the healthcare research and evaluation needs of mHealth, facilitating the development and commercialization of empirically-supported solutions. Conference sessions explored the ways mobile technology will transform healthcare delivery, research, business and policy for underserved communities in the US and abroad. Kevin Fu acted as a technical advisor for the summit through the Medical Device Innovation Safety and Security (MDISS) Consortium. Other participants included Ruzena Bajcsy (panelist), David Kotz, and Michael LeMay.

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During the 4th quarter, we added a new page to the SHARPS website that features resources that we would like to promote. The first resource is Charm, which is a framework for rapidly prototyping advanced cryptosystems. Based on Python language, it was designed from the ground up to minimize development time and code complexity while promoting the reuse of components. For more information about Charm, see the website.

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The second resource featured by SHARPS is the Open Medical Device Research Library (OMDRL). The OMDRL provides access to medical devices for research in trustworthy computing. The Library enables recycling of otherwise discarded resources – putting them to good use in research and development to improve the trustworthiness of software-based medical devices. To donate or borrow a device, visit the OMDRL website.

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2012 SHARPS Face-to-Face

The 2012 SHARPS F2F has been scheduled for May 7 and 8 at the iHotel in Champaign, IL. All those that receive support on the SHARPS project should plan to attend. Invitations to the SHARPS sponsors and other colleagues will be extended. For information regarding travel and registration, please contact Andrea Whitesell.

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3rd USENIX Workshop on Health Security and Privacy

HealthSec 2012 will be held in conjunction with the 21st USENIX Security Symposium in Bellevue, WA on August 6-7. The program committee is co-chaired by Carl Gunter and Zachary Peterson. The focus of HealthSec will be on the development of new techniques and policies to ensure the privacy and security of next-generation healthcare systems and devices. The HealthSec submission deadline is April 10. For more information about the workshop, visit the HealthSec website.

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SHARPS Publications

At least ten new papers representing SHARPS research were added to the website during the fourth quarter of 2011. 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.