Health IT Privacy and Security Project

Background

There is a large influx of new health related technologies for use by patients.  Many fit in the space of telehealth – telemedicine, remote monitoring, and mobile health, among others.  There is some evidence regarding efficacy of certain tools; however, while connectivity and smartphone use are on the rise, adoption of these technologies remains a challenge.

There are low utilization rates of medical apps to manage chronic disease, remote monitoring devices to track biometric parameters, and the use of video to connect with providers.  Some adoption challenges are related to perceived and real issues related to privacy and security.

Project

A small cross-disciplinary team of George Washington University graduate students is examining issues of security and privacy as they relate to patient adoption of health information technology, specifically telemedicine and biometrics.  The team is working with The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates project staff exploring uses of telemedicine and biometrics in peritoneal dialysis patients to improve patient adherence and outcomes while reducing coverall cost of care.  The graduate student researchers are developing and conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews and analyze research findings to evaluate potential gaps and barriers to patient adoption of telemedicine and biometrics.  The researchers will publish their findings and future recommendations on establishing a sustainable telemedicine delivery model that addresses patient security and privacy concerns.
 
This project is a collaboration among the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health.  This project is supported by a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research at The George Washington University.

Project Faculty 

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Neal Sikka, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Chief, Section of Innovative Practice and Telehealth
nsikka@mfa.gwu.edu

Lance Hoffman, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor
Director, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
lanceh@gwu.edu

Murray Loew, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department
loew@gwu.edu

 

Alfred Hamilton, PhD
Senior Advisor & Assistant Professor of Public Health
alham@gwu.edu

 

Project Staff

Dr. Pavan Kumar Ashok
MHA Candidate, Health Policy and Management
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Graduate Student Researcher, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
pka@gwmail.gwu.edu

Shireesha Jevaji
MPH Candidate, Public Health Communications & Marketing
Milken Institute School of Public Health 
Graduate Student Researcher, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
sjevaji@gwmail.gwu.edu

Yan Meng
Doctoral Candidate, Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science 
Doctoral Student Researcher, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
mengy@gwmail.gwu.edu

Aditi Shenoy
BS, Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science 
Researcher, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
ashenoy@gwmail.gwu.edu