DSU and USF healthcare partnership

Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., and USF Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., announced today they are partnering to perform network penetration testing and vulnerability analysis for healthcare providers in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

This agreement allows healthcare organizations in the Tampa region the ability to access healthcare specific network penetration testing and vulnerability assessment services with industry experts. Dakota State University has been offering these services to healthcare facilities in the Midwest since 2011. The services are performed by staff at HealthPOINT Security Services at Dakota State University.

Network penetration testing and vulnerability analysis gives providers a clear picture of how susceptible their systems are to attacks by hackers, and provides recommendations on how to fix problems.

HealthPOINT has been operating since April 2010 as one of 62 Regional Extension Centers (REC) for Health Information Technology. The common goals of the RECs is to help primary care providers adopt electronic health records.

“Protecting patient data is a critical aspect of implementing Electronic Health Records,” said Dan Friedrich, HealthPOINT Director. “Patients need to know healthcare providers are doing everything possible to protect their information.”

“DSU is a center of academic excellence in cyber operations and information assurance,” said Friedrich. “Offering these services is a natural fit for us. We have the talent to offer these services to providers across the country thru RECs in other states.”

USF Health
USF Health's mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group. USF Health is an integral part of the University of South Florida, a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. For more information, visit www.health.usf.edu.

THealthPOINT.pnghe mission of HealthPOINT is to serve healthcare providers as a Trusted Advisor. In addition to the support HealthPOINT at DSU offers to healthcare providers, the university offers a variety of degrees in Health Information Management, Information Assurance, Analytics and Computer Science.  For more information, visit www.healthpoint.dsu.edu.

Last Updated: 4/17/14