Health Records and Me

This summer, I joined the faculty at Children’s Hospital Informatics Program. My work is focused on security and privacy of health data. One of the projects I’m contributing to was just announced in the press:

Dossia was established by major U.S. employers Applied Materials, BP America Inc., Cardinal Health, Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes Inc. and Wal-Mart to create a Web-based system that will enable employees to gain access to their own personal health data, which is now largely inaccessible to them. Dossia will use a Web-based infrastructure to empower individuals to manage their own health care, improve communications with their doctors, and provide more complete and accurate information for healthcare providers than the current system, which continues to be fragmented and still partially paper-based.

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Dossia also announced a collaboration with Children’s Hospital Boston to provide strategic and technological expertise and guidance in creating, deploying and operating the Dossia infrastructure. For more than a decade, researchers in the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), based at Children’s Hospital Boston and affiliated with Harvard Medical School and with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology have been leaders in pioneering and promoting personal control of health information as a key to improving consumer health management and outcomes, and in developing rigorous, privacy-protective methods of ensuring patient control over their own medical information.

And on that note, back to work…