De-identified PHI records relatively easy to re-identify Harvard prof demonstrates

Harvard University professor Latanya Sweeney caused a stir in 1997 when she found the medical records of former Massachusetts Governor Weld in a redacted data set.  Her recent activities are really causing state governments to sit up and take notice.  She successfully re-identified the de-identified medical records of Washington state hospital patients — by combining the limited information available within the hospital data sets with publicly available information.

See Bloomberg News article at “Patients ID’d From Hospital Records Trigger State Reviews“.

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