• “Anonymized identification” is based on fully anonymized patient records, with no use of pseudo IDs.
  • PCT patent filed for a new technology which uses a combination of techniques to match anonymized records with corresponding hospital medical records.
  • New system set-up increases data security and privacy protection.
  • Technology can be applied in the identification of clinical trial candidate patients within trial sites.
     

The new “anonymized identification” (ANID) technology, implemented in Clinerion’s Patient Network Explorer, significantly reduces any risk of private information being revealed when using patient medical records to evaluate study feasibility, or identifying patients for enrollment in clinical trials.

The new technology uses exclusively anonymized records, but enables the duly authorized clinical trial manager at the hospital to re-identify eligible patients. Although all identifiable personal information and patient record identifiers have been completely stripped from medical records before use, the new technology can enable a healthcare provider to match anonymized records with corresponding hospital records through the use of a combination of techniques.

The new system set-up involves a one-way, outbound-only connection between the hospital IT infrastructure and the locally hosted Clinerion server, further increasing information security.

While offering a new, enhanced level of data protection, “anonymized identification” (ANID) maintains all the advantages of the legacy Clinerion technology, such as following HIPAA rules regarding protection against accidental identification. Query results for feasibility requests are stored in the Clinerion secure private cloud environment, which only sees aggregated counts of the patients which fit the queries. The performance of the Cinerion technology solution is not affected, results still appear in real-time and the number of eligible patients found remains 10-30 higher than through conventional methods.

All new Clinerion installations will use the new technology from now on. Existing installations will be migrated at the request of partner hospitals.

“Anonymized identification” (ANID) can be expanded for any uses wherein a database of anonymized records must be queried and the records later re-identified.