Can Patient Data Be Truly 'De-Identified' for Research?

July 1, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

A lawsuit against the University of Chicago Medical Center and Google seeking class action status points to the important privacy and security issues raised when sharing patient data for research purposes - and whether data can be truly "de-identified."

The lawsuit filed in a federal court in Illinois on June 26 by a former University of Chicago Medicine patient on behalf of other affected individuals alleges that patient health records were not properly de-identified by the hospital before they were shared without patient consent with Google to support the company's predictive medical data analytics technology development efforts.

David Holtzman’s comments are featured in ISMG's article.

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