Digital Healthcare-Associated Infection: Measurement, Defense and Prevention in a Modern Digital Healthcare Ecosystem

Principal Investigator: Patrick Traynor

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: June 1, 2016

End Date: May 31, 2020

Amount: $1,200,000


The pace of digitization and interconnection of hospital systems has increased tremendously as recent healthcare legislation has encouraged the interoperation of medical record systems. In addition to ordinary business operations data, hospital enterprise networks now carry patient record data and life-critical data streams from therapy systems (e.g., nuclear medicine, dialysis clinical systems). Unfortunately, the security implications of interconnecting such life-critical systems has been largely unstudied. This project is performing a large-scale analysis of the University of Florida Health System to detect the presence of malware and security weaknesses and determine whether security best-practices and techniques are sufficient to protect life-critical and privacy-sensitive medical systems.

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