Anonymized health IT data still traceable, House panel warned

More coverage of the risks of de-identified patient data being reidentified. David Perera reports:

As electronic health records start to become pervasive in physician practices–thanks in no small measure to federal incentives–there’s a growing worry that electronically-collected health data could violate individual privacy, even when the data has been stripped of personally identifiable information.

Testifying before a House panel on Sept. 30, Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a member of the federal advisory Health IT Policy Committee, warned that de-identified health data released for analytical purposes can still be traced back to individuals.

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