Best Practices for Integrating “De-identification” into Health System Use Disclosures

Date: June 9th 2011 from 12pm to 1pm EST

Abstract: A working group of the Health System Use Technical Advisory Committee of the Canadian Conference of Deputy Ministers (Health) recently released “best practice” guidelines for the de-identification and disclosure of health information for health systems use (secondary use). The working group represented several jurisdictions, as well as the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canada Health Infoway – these guidelines are a consensus among Canadian experts on robust, yet practical, health system use de-identification and disclosure practices.

The guidelines offer a model process that data custodians can follow for integrating de-identification into a health information disclosure program, thereby allowing custodians to manage their risks and make credible claims about data identifiability. As a member of the working group that developed the guidelines, David will provide an overview of the model process and provide insight into how it can be applied in practice.

The “best practice” guidelines can be downloaded here.

Speaker: David Morgan, Privacy Lead, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

Biography: David Morgan is the Privacy Lead at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. As Privacy Lead, David provides general privacy guidance on all Centre activities, including the development of the Provincial Electronic Health Record. Prior to joining the Centre, David worked as a corporate researcher and software developer with a St. John’s, NL based information privacy software company.

David has a Ph.D. in Computing Science from University of Alberta and holds Certified Information Privacy Professional designations from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). As a privacy professional, David has served on the Publication Advisory Board of the IAPP, and is currently a member of the Canada Health Infoway Health Information Privacy Group, as well as the Canadian Institute for Health Information/Canada Health Infoway Health System Use Knowledge Exchange.

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