Office Hour with Khaled El Emam

Expo Hall (Table A)

We live in a world today where our personal information is continuously being captured in a multitude of electronic databases. Details about our health, financial status and buying habits are stored in massive databases managed by public and private sector organizations. These databases contain information about thousands of people and is used for different types of analytics. Legislation and regulations in different industries and jurisdictions requires de-identification mechanisms to be applied before using and disclosing data without authorization or consent. The healthcare industry has applied de-identification methods for more than a decade now to disclose very complex patient data sets, and has considerable experience with addressing the technical, regulatory, and practical issues that arise. In this Office Hours session, we will describe and discuss the different de-identification methodologies that are being used for health data that can be applied in other industries like financial services, retail, and advertising. We will also explain how to use these methodologies to de-identify data in a defensible way.

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Khaled El Emam

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario - Research Institute & University of Ottawa

Dr. Khaled El Emam is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, a senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and a Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa. His main area of research is developing techniques for health data anonymization and secure disease surveillance for public health purposes. Previously Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has co-founded two companies to commercialize the results of his research work. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement, and ranked second in 2002 and 2005. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Electronics, King’s College, at the University of London (UK).

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