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Please share your opinion. When are dates PHI without other identifiers?

  • 1.  Please share your opinion. When are dates PHI without other identifiers?

    Posted 08-14-2022 12:01 AM
    Hello Community Members, I'd like to ask the group for an opinion.

    Our task is to deidentify a data set which contains a variety of dates.  In addition to the date of birth, date of death, admission and discharge dates, there are also dates of appointments and other communications (phone, text, email etc.), lab tests, assessment dates etc.

    The deidentification process will replace all non-date PHI identifiers with fake data.  Dates of birth will be replaced with the year.  The population is located in a large city of 1.4 million people.

    In your opinion, without the other identifiers present, are the admission and discharge dates, dates of death as well as all other dates related to the individual still PHI and need to be deidentified?  It seems there are contradicting sources of information for what should and shouldn't be viewed as PHI in the absence of a statistical risk assessment.



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    Anna Balayn
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