Dartmouth wins $3M grant to develop secure mobile and wireless health monitoring

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, has received a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to develop secure mobile and wireless patient monitoring systems. The grant, authorized by the federal stimulus legislation, will fund a three-year project called Trustworthy Information Systems for Healthcare, addressing the privacy and security of patient-specific information, while also helping to ensure that clinicians have ready access to all the data they need to provide proper care.

TISH will bring together researchers from across the institution--including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School--and also involves participants from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in nearby White River Junction, VT, and from Google and Intel Labs. They will work to create new protocols to enable remote health monitoring via mobile phones and wireless wearable sensors, develop techniques for analyzing sensor data, study the economics of healthcare information security and examine the trade-offs between usability, security and privacy, Dartmouth officials say.

"The national focus and exuberance for electronic health records ought to be tempered by the current reality that these systems need additional engineering to fit into the clinical workflow," says Dr. Andrew Gettinger, senior medical director of information systems and informatics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "This project will enable a multidisciplinary research team to examine and hopefully develop strategies to improve or mitigate some of those issues."

To learn more about the grant and its application:
- read this story from the Nashua (NH) Telegraph
- see the Dartmouth-Hitchcock press release