Managing security and privacy concerns over data storage in healthcare research

Isla S. Mackenzie, Brian J. Mantay, Patrick G. McDonnell, Li Wei, Thomas M. MacDonald

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    Abstract

    Issues surrounding data security and privacy are of great importance when handling sensitive health-related data for research. The emphasis in the past has been on balancing the risks to individuals with the benefit to society of the use of databases for research. However, a new way of looking at such issues is that by optimising procedures and policies regarding security and privacy of data to the extent that there is no appreciable risk to the privacy of individuals, we can create a 'win-win' situation in which everyone benefits, and pharmacoepidemiological research can flourish with public support. We discuss holistic measures, involving both information technology and people, taken to improve the security and privacy of data storage.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)885-893
    Number of pages9
    JournalPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
    Volume20
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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