December 21, 2018 Healthcare
Linda Carroll reports:
For years, researchers have been studying medical conditions using huge swaths of patient data with identifying information removed to protect people’s privacy. But a new study suggests hackers may be able to match “de-identified” health information to patient identities.
In a test case described in JAMA Network Open, researchers used artificial intelligence to link health data with a medical record number. While the data in the test case was fairly innocuous – just the output of movement trackers like Fitbit – it suggests that de-identified data may not be so anonymous after all.
Read more on Reuters.
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