SciTech High school projects
Altogether THREE projects have been created by PIs that involved participation from high
school students in SAHI related areas:
Projects 1 and 2: Two high school projects created by Co-PIs from HIM program
accepted by the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (ScieTech). Each project will have
two high school students. Project 1 (mentor Dr. Andi Saptono of HIM) is about mobile app
security and privacy, and the other project (mentor: Co-PI Leming Zhou) is about genomic
data security and privacy.
Project 3: Palanisamy, Joshi and Pelechrinis are involved in Project 3
that will mentor a team of high school students on a healthcare privacy project as part of
the SciTech Executive
Experience program - – two students were involved at different times; the second one finished the project. The objective of this project was to test and validate the privacy features of our LEAF anonymous social network. LEAF is an anonymous social network for sensitive health related information among users. Such a need for private communication may arise, for instance, in specialized social network applications that focus guiding and intervening patients of sensitive and critical health diseases. As part of this effort, we extended the methodologies for employing the anonymous social networking features implemented in our prototype social network system for intervening bulling issues in high schools. We also performed a qualitative evaluation of the privacy features based on a comprehensive survey-based feedback. Overall, we believe that this collaborative project with the high school student has been productive. The student decided to pursue his undergraduate in the STEM field and has received admissions from several top universities including UIUC and Georgia Tech.
Presentations/Disseminations in Conferences and other Venues
The PIs and students supported by the project or the students who took graduate courses were able to publish and present their work related to healthcare security and privacy. The conferences included educational or research conferences. PIs also delivered talks and participated in the panels in conference geared towards healthcare cybersecurity. Please click on the publications link above to see the list of publications and conference venues where the published work have been presented. Some examples include, presentation by Co-PI from HIM in Assemble on Education conference, participation/presentation by the PI in 3rd Integrative Conference on Technology, Social Media, and Behavioral Health “Security and Privacy in Mobile and Web-Based Interventions” (on Nov 3, 2017).
Co-PI Palanisamy delivered a lecture on general data security and privacy issues related to healthcare to 107 high school students as part of the seventh year of the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy
(formerly the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care). The lecture introduced basic awareness in data privacy and security to the students. Co-PI Palanisamy presented on the topic of “Implementing Curriculum To Address Cybersecurity In Healthcare” to a group of school administrators and instructors in the 2017 Allied Health Workshop organized by PAPSA (Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators) and Pocket Nurse in Pittsburgh and Lancaster.
Data Security Workshop for Health Information Management Students
Co-PI Palanisamy had annually conducted a one day workshop on Data Security issues in healthcare to the undergraduate students in the department of Health Information Management in SHRS. The workshop lectures covered basic data security and privacy issues and had three lab modules covering various aspects of data security. A high number female students attended the workshops (e.g., 70% in 2016).
Engagement of students in research and development
Throughout the project duration, the PIs were able to engaged undergraduate (mainly in HIM), and graduate (both MS and PhD) students in research and development. For instance, most of the projects in IS 2620 (Fall, 2018) were focused on security and privacy issues in Healthcare. Several doctoral students were able to write research papers in their Doctoral seminar courses or the advanced cybersecurity courses, and later publish. Several undergraduate students in HIM program worked on secure mobile app development projects – some of which resulted in publications.
SAHI Website with Resources/Labs/Modules
This project website is sharing Labs developed and resources related to tools and training materials related healthcare cybersecurity. We expect the use of labs to be used by colleagues. One example is the use of some privacy labs by our colleagues from Penn State for their use in the coursework. Some of the materials developed have been simplified and also shared through tutorials page of our other NSF funded SAC-PA project
whose primary goal is to foster awareness and education of cybersecurity issues in general though online shared repository of tutorial modules.