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Privacy-Preserving Electronic Health Record Linkage Using Pseudonym Identifiers

Alhaqbani, Bandar S. & Fidge, Colin J. (2008) Privacy-Preserving Electronic Health Record Linkage Using Pseudonym Identifiers. In 10th International Conference on e-health Networking, Applications and Services, 2008. HealthCom 2008, 7-9 July 2008, Singapore.

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Abstract

Accurate and reliable information sharing is essential in the healthcare domain. Currently, however, information about individual patients is held in isolated medical records maintained by numerous separate healthcare providers. Accurately linking this information is necessary for planned nationwide Electronic Health Record systems, but this must be done in a way that not only satisfies traditional data confidentiality requirements, but also meets patients' personal privacy needs. Here we present an architecture for linking electronic medical records in a way that gives patients control over what information is revealed about them. This is done through the use of indirect pseudonym identifiers. We then explain how this architecture can be implemented using existing technologies. A case study is used to show how our architecture satisfies data accuracy needs and patients' privacy requirements.

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ID Code: 14568
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Privacy, Federated Identity Management, Electronic Health Record
DOI: 10.1109/HEALTH.2008.4600120
ISBN: 9781424422807
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Records and Information Management (excl. Business Records and Information Management) (080708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Health Informatics (080702)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IEEE
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Deposited On: 01 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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