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Having worked in the world of clinical research for 15 years, I can’t help but be baffled by the rampant misuse of the word “de-identified” as it relates to the classification of clinical data sets. In the United States, “the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information [PHI] held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information.” De-identified health information is not PHI and thus is not protected by HIPAA.
It’s a common misconception that if you remove patients’ names from a set of clinical data, then it becomes de-identified and is no longer governed by HIPAA. However, to make a set of clinical data truly de-identified, you must remove much more than just the patients’ names.