Lawrence Technological University
College of Arts and Science
Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Masters of Science in Computer Science Collaborative Projects
This is a page for suggestions for practical,
capstone style projects that would have the following
- There is a demonstrable need.
- The requisite technology is available today.
- Ordinary ethical standards and common best practices
would imply the project should be done.
- The project crosses disciplinary lines.
- Advising support already exists
in LTU's faculty and surrounding community.
This is not a blog, but your suggestions,
additions or criticisms are always welcome via email to
John M. Miller M.D..
- A Web browser interface to de-identify a
clinical medicine database for research use, which also
provides a structured way for the researcher to apply for
access to additional, relevant information. One or two
student sized chunks of this project might include:
- The de-identification process.
- The request for more information.
- Analogous projects using FERPA rather than HIPAA.
- A local story from Freep.com that was picked up by infosecurity-us.com show failures of systems that do not
conform to current standards are common enough in Metro Detroit.
- Available technology
- Ruby on Rails and R are enough to manage this entire problem.
Many other current languages and libraries also are available,
- HIPAA is clear that names or patient identification numbers
or addresses should not have been distributed with a
database of test results for research or quality assurance
purposes like those in the above incidents. Current
practice would have been to distribute a one-way digest of
the patient identification number with the study database so that
neither the researcher nor their delegate nor a thief, could
acquire further information without permission of the
owner-supervisor of the original database.
- This particular project would require advisers with
interests in distributed databases and biostatistics and
institutional review boards.
- Our LTU faculty has members with such interests.
- To be continued...
Revised March 13, 2011