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Anonymisation of Swedish Clinical Data

  • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
  • Anders Thurin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4594)

Abstract

There is a constantly growing demand for exchanging clinical and health-related information electronically. In the era of the Electronic Health Record the release of individual data for research, health care statistics, monitoring of new diagnostic tests and tracking disease outbreak alerts are some of the areas in which the protection of (patient) privacy has become an important concern. In this paper we present a system for automatic anonymisation of Swedish clinical free text, in the form of discharge letters, by applying generic named entity recognition technology.

Keywords

anonymisation hospital discharge letters entity recognition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
    • 1
  • Anders Thurin
    • 2
  1. 1.Göteborg University, Department of Swedish Language, SpråkdataSweden
  2. 2.Clinical Physiology, Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital/ÖstraSweden

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