From AI in Healthcare by Dave Pearson:
- AI can accumulate a large amount of data from many sources. Using large datasets, AI can realistically re-identify previously de-identified healthcare data.
- Under the HIPAA de-identification safe harbor, even if you remove the 18 specific identifiers, you cannot have actual knowledge that the information could be used alone or in combination with other information to identify patients. Is it possible to meet that standard in the age of AI?
- This is an evolving area. These issues and others will continue to develop for years to come.