ISBN 9789351104285,Anonymizing Health Data : Case Studies And Methods To Get You Started

Anonymizing Health Data : Case Studies And Methods To Get You Started


Luk Arbuckle


Shroff Publishers



Shroff Publishers

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789351104285

ISBN-10 9351104281


Number of Pages 232 Pages
Language (English)


With this practical book, you will learn proven methods for anonymizing health data to help your organization share meaningful datasets, without exposing patient identity. Leading experts Khaled El Emam and Luk Arbuckle walk you through a risk-based methodology, using case studies from their efforts to de-identify hundreds of datasets.

Clinical data is valuable for research and other types of analytics, but making it anonymous without compromising data quality is tricky.This book demonstrates techniques for handling different data types, based on the author's experiences with a maternal-child registry, inpatient discharge abstracts, health insurance claims, electronic medical record databases and the world trade center disaster registry, among others.
Understand different methods for working with cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets
Assess the risk of adversaries who attempt to re-identify patients in anonymized datasets
Reduce the size and complexity of massive datasets without losing key information or jeopardizing privacy
Use methods to anonymize unstructured free-form text data
Minimize the risks inherent in geospatial data, without omitting critical location-based health information
Look at ways to anonymize coding information in health data
Learn the challenge of anonymously linking related datasets