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User Info Go To The Doctor? NEVER.; entered at 2020-01-22 07:11:14
Ugrev
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Registered: 2010-03-08 The police state of NY
I wrote software for the surgery center sphere of the medical industry for almost a decade, and now I write software in the clinical trials area. I can tell you that they can absolutely deidentify the data. I worked for a company that wanted to do anonymous surveys,only behind the scenes they wanted to allow the surgery center to see the patient name. I flat out refused to write the software and had several heated arguments about it with the owners until they gave in. I did have leverage in that I was the single point of knowledge of the systems; had I not been, I would have been fired, probably on the spot.

Long story short: if they say they can't deidentify the data, it's not because they can't, it's because they don't want to.
2020-01-22 07:11:14