$15 million from U,S. will go to UI for improving security of electronic medical records

URBANA – The University of Illinois has won a $15 million federal grant to help improve the security of electronic medical records.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded, from stimulus money, the funds to the Urbana campus to develop "security and risk mitigation policies and the technologies necessary to build and preserve the public trust as health information technology systems gain widespread use."

The money will go to the Information Trust Institute, a multidisciplinary cross-campus research unit housed in the College of Engineering in Urbana.

Director Bill Sanders said the institute, created in 2005, "does work in how to make large critical applications secure. In addition to health, which is a new project, we've been working in the smart (electrical) grid field, in cybersecurity. ITI is an academic unit that really works on large, practical, high tech problems."

More in Thursday's News-Gazette.

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