Researchers are developing software designed to prevent sensitive medical information from being inadvertently shared, reports MIT Technology Review. The software, developed by computer scientists at the University of Illinois, would allow patients to decide which parts of their records they want to keep private but also aims to use machine-learning analysis to reveal whether unselected information would disclose sensitive data such as mental health issues, sexually transmitted diseases or past drug abuse. The software would then keep that additional data confidential for the patient. “Electronic health records at the moment have no facility—none—to break the record into parts,” said Harvard Medical School’s John Halamka. “You either get the record or you don’t.” This software aims to change that.
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