Data De-identification and Anonymization Solutions

De-identification is the process used to prevent a person’s identity from being connected with information. Common uses of de-identification include human subject research for the sake of privacy for research participants. Common strategies for de-identifying datasets include deleting or masking personal identifiers, such as name and social security number, and suppressing or generalizing quasi-identifiers, such as date of birth and zip code.

Section 164.514(a) of the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides the standard for de-identification of protected health information(PHI) responsibly without the need for patient consent. These mechanisms center on two HIPAA de-identification standards – Safe Harbor,§ 164.514(b)(2) and the Expert Determination Method, § 164.514(b)(1)

Our Approach

  • Safe Harbor

As per The ‘Safe Harbor’  standard defined in the HIPPA Privacy rule, RADCube will come up with a resolution to generalise the following personally identifiable information (PII):

The 18 Specific categories of information defined by the HIPPA standard are removed from the data

The residual information in the data that could be used alone, or in combination with other information, to identify an individual

  • Expert Determination

Under Expert Determination, our team takes a risk-based approach to de-identification that applies current standards and best practices from the research to determine the likelihood that a person could be identified from their protected health information. Our experts with appropriate knowledge of and experience with generally accepted statistical and scientific principles and methods render the information not individually identifiable and certifies that

That the risk is very small that the information could be used alone, or in combination with other reasonably available information, by an anticipated recipient to identify an individual who is a subject of the information;

Documents the methods and results of the analysis that justify such a determination