Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HealthSec 2010 submissions due April 9, 2010

Here's a venue for your bold ideas about electronic medical records, device-mediated patient privacy, security policy related to medical information, wireless implantable medical devices, and other research topics in that vein (pun intended). The first USENIX Workshop on Health Security & Privacy (HealthSec 2010) will be co-located with USENIX Security 2010 in sunny Washington, DC. Here are the essential details:
  • Call for Papers (PDF version)
  • Workshop date: August 10, 2010
  • What to submit: A two-page position paper concerning the security and privacy of health information technology
  • By when: April 9, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PDT
  • Notification date: May 28, 2010
  • Go here on August 10: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

The program chairs are Kevin Fu (UMass Amherst), Tadayoshi Kohno (U. Washington), and Avi Rubin (JHU). According to the CFP:
HealthSec is intended as a forum for lively discussion of aggressively innovative and potentially disruptive ideas on all aspects of medical and health security and privacy. A fundamental goal of the workshop is to promote cross-disciplinary interactions between fields, including, but not limited to, technology, medicine, and policy. Surprising results and thought-provoking ideas will be strongly favored; complete papers with polished results in well-explored research areas are comparatively discouraged. Position papers will be selected for their potential to stimulate or catalyze further research and explorations of new directions, as well as for their potential to spark productive discussions at the workshop.

As Kevin noted in his blog post announcing the workshop, the HealthSec program committee features members from academia (computer science, social science and medicine), industry, and government -- so no idea is too wacky or too pragmatic!