Looking a little like Dr. Albert Einstein on a good hair day, Dr. Khaled El Emam is a curious cross between a scientist and an entrepreneur who also happens to be one of the world’s leading authorities on the privacy of personal health information. What he knows about how identify specific individuals in supposedly anonymous data sets is both impressive and downright scary at the same time.
Dr. El Emam will speaking at the monthly OCRI IT in Healthcare lunch event on Friday, January 20th. Dr. El Emam will be talking about conduct surveillance of individuals for public health purposes while providing strong privacy guarantees. This secondary use of information collected to treat individual has considerable value and is used for various purposes such as monitoring for infection or disease outbreaks, evaluating the effectiveness of vaccines, drugs, and medical devices, and detecting fraud or abuse.
In addition to getting to hear what I know will be an informative talk you will also have the opportunity to network with others in the Ottawa area with an interest in the application of IT in the health sector.
More details here.
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure I co-chair the program committee.