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Texas A&M researches Big Data and Preserving Privacy by Design

Information systems in the health sector have undergone significant changes making it possible to collect, store, and process huge amounts of digital records that may hold the key to future population health breakthroughs. However, linking between diverse data systems is complicated by privacy issues as well as data being recorded differently (10/12/58 or Oct. 12, 1958), changing over time (maiden vs. married last names), erroneous (transposed dates during data entry), or simply not included. So how do we use this new wealth of data, commonly termed “big data,” in a way that maintains privacy and assures it is accurate as well?  Dr. Hye-Chung Kum, associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, thinks the answer lies in developing new methodologies for extracting information and outlines her framework in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.