De-Identification Solutions

 

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De-Identification


De-identification refers to processes that disassociate personally identifiable information (PII) within protected health information (PHI) repositories and other "data at risk."

PHI de-identification is a specific requirement in the healthcare industry. De-identification is also part of safe-harbor practices in medical research (where patient identities are removed from study models) and many other industries where PII is stored in databases and files.

For example, the most recent Security Rule in HIPAA regulations (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) spell out the compliance requirements for those entities managing PHI. HIPAA rules apply to 18 specific identifiers:

Name
Address
Birthdate
Phone #
Fax #
Email Address
Social Security #
Medical Record #
Health Insurance Beneficiary #
Account #
Certificate #
Vehicle ID #
Device ID #
Personal URL
IP Address
Biometric ID
Facial Image
Other Unique ID Code

Each of the data masking software products in the IRI Data Protector suite helps you find and classify, and then de-identify, anonymize, and otherwise protect PII, PAN, PHI, etc. in multiple data sources

Which tool would I use?

Prove data-centric security products in the IRI Data Protector suite can find, classify, and selectively obfuscate data with irreversible or reversible masking functions, including those above, plus encryption.

Use the IRI FieldShield product (or IRI Voracity platform which includes it) to protect data in files or databases at rest. Use IRI CellShield for PHI in Excel spreadsheets. Use the IRI Chakra Max database firewall (DAM/DCAP) to dynamically mask PHI in database applications.

If you need fake but realistic PHI for testing purposes, use IRI RowGen to synthesize structurally and referentially correct test data for databases and files. RowGen is also included in Voracity.

Compliance


HIPAA compliance requires either:


Anonymization

Manipulating, masking, or removing these identifiers so that it is difficult or impossible to restore the original data. Any remaining data cannot be linked to an individual.




OR



De-Identification

Stripping the identifiers, and providing expert verification that the statistical risk of re-identification is low.


Use IRI software yourself, employ IRI Data Masking as a Service (IRI DMaaS), or work with expert IRI partners like KI Design to help you de-identify sensitive data and comply with data privacy regulations. Systematically analyze covered entity gaps, apply the right de-ID functions using IRI software, and certify the statistical likelihood of re-identifiability for HIPAA and HITRUST certification purposes.

Learn more about HIPAA and IRI encryption methods here:

Click on the tabs above or expand the solution links on the left to explore more data masking methods.

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