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Issue No.04 - July/August (2008 vol.6)
pp: 58-61
Khaled El Emam , Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
ABSTRACT
Before releasing personal health information for secondary uses, such as research or public health monitoring, organizations must de-identify the data they've collected. Several common heuristics are useful for this purpose, but they also have limitations.
INDEX TERMS
privacy in healthcare, de-identification, secondary use of data, personal health information, security, privacy interests
CITATION
Khaled El Emam, "Heuristics for De-identifying Health Data", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.6, no. 4, pp. 58-61, July/August 2008, doi:10.1109/MSP.2008.84
REFERENCES
1. B. Rudolph et al., "Small Numbers, Disclosure Risk, Security, and Reliability Issues in Web-Based Data Query Systems," J. Public Health Management Practice, vol. 12, no. 2, 2006, pp. 176–183.
2. H. Howe, A. Lake, and T. Shen, "Method to Assess Identifiability in Electronic Data Files," Am. J. Epidemiology, vol. 165, no. 5, 2007, pp. 597–601.
3. K. El Emam et al., "Evaluating Common De-Identification Heuristics for Personal Health Information," J. Medical Internet Research, vol. 8, no. 4, 2006, p. e28.
4. K. El Emam and F. Dankar, "Protecting Privacy Using k-Anonymity," J. Am. Medical Informatics Assoc., Sept./Oct. 2008, to appear.
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