Into the Medical Science DMZ

A new model for research networks protects patient privacy while improving data transfer rates for scientists.

The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is best known for preserving insurance coverage for employees who change or lose their jobs. But the law also includes a Security Rule and a Privacy Rule that protect confidential healthcare data for consumers.

In their paper, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) computer scientist Sean Peisert and Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) researcher Eli Dart and their collaborators outline a “design pattern” for deploying specialized research networks and ancillary computing equipment for HIPAA-protected biomedical data that provides high-throughput network data transfers and high-security protections.

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