Programmatic Theme: Data Science

A growing quantity of health data is being stored in Electronic Health Records (EHR). The free-text section of these clinical notes contains important patient and treatment information for research but also contains Personally Identifiable Information (PII), which cannot be freely shared within the research community without compromising patient confidentiality and privacy rights. Significant work has been invested in investigating automated approaches to text de-identification, the process of removing or redacting PII. Few studies have examined the performance of existing de-identification pipelines in a controlled comparative analysis. In this study, we use publicly available corpora to analyze speed and accuracy differences between three de-identification systems that can be run off-the-shelf: Amazon Comprehend Medical PHId, Clinacuity’s CliniDeID, and the National Library of Medicine’s Scrubber. No single system dominated all the compared metrics. NLM Scrubber was the fastest while CliniDeID generally had the highest accuracy.

Learning Objective: - Learn the trade-offs in speed and accuracy for three publicly available de-identification tools


Paul Heider (Presenter)
Medical University of South Carolina

Jihad Obeid, Medical University of South Carolina
Stephane Meystre, Medical University of South Carolina

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