Invited Talks Given by Lab Members Internationally

HIPAA Strategies for De-Identifying Patient Data for Research

Talk by Dr. Latanya Sweeney


American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Conference, Group on Information Resources, Philadelphia, PA. April 12, 2005.

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Society is amidst widespread proliferation of patient data for many new and important research questions.  The Privacy Rule of HIPAA allows such data to be shared under different scenarios -- all of which relate to providing a "minimal risk of re-identification."  While HIPAA provides this operational privacy standard in words, the technical details are often misunderstood.  In this talk, I will present ways to measure risks of re-identification in datasets, and then, explore methods for sharing data which provably adheres to the HIPAA standard while remaining practically useful. Real-world examples will be provided. 

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