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Hospitals Testing Anonymization Software

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

February 18, 2011

An Ottawa doctor has developed technology to protect patient privacy in the electronic health record environment, CBC News reports. Dr. Khaled El Emam, Canada Research Chair for electronic health information at the University of Ottawa, says his Privacy Analytics software makes patient records anonymous. "One has to be very careful in terms of sharing health information to make sure it's truly anonymous," Emam says, "so that we can make that available for all the good things you can do with medical data." The software is being tested in Ontario hospitals.
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