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August 15. 2013 9:37PM

Dartmouth gets $4m for medical records research

HANOVER — Dartmouth College will receive $4 million in federal grant funding to support research on cyber security and the protection of electronic medical records.

The grant, administered by the National Science Foundation, will go toward researchers at Dartmouth's Department of Computer Science who are looking to better protect medical records sent by cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

The grant was announced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster.

"This is a great investment in research and development that will ultimately help make our health care system more efficient and secure," Shaheen said in statement.

"Electronic medical records are helping us improve access to quality, affordable health care," Kuster said. "But, to meet those goals, and to protect our patients, these records must be completely safe and secure."

The NSF funding is part of a nearly $10 million federal grant directed for cyber security research at four universities across the country. In addition to Dartmouth, which is leading the project, research teams at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan will receive about $2 million each.

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