Master of Science in Computer Science

Faculty / School

Faculty of Computer Sciences (FCS)


Department of Computer Science

Date of Award

Spring 2016


Waqas Mahmood

Committee Member 1

Waqas Mahmood Supervisor, Department of Computer Science, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.

Project Type

MSCS Survey Report

Access Type

Restricted Access


Computer Science, Data Science, Data security, Health Communication, Medicine and Health

Abstract / Summary

With the growing advancement of science and technology, research has become the vital step in every educational field. This research survey reflects light on the methods of de-identification and anonymization for protecting the privacy of the patients, practitioners and nurses. Huge amount of patient data is required to researchers for carrying out different analysis. Patient information must thus be preserved to maximum although privacy policies must not make the data less valuable to researchers through over sufficient data masking or by using any other de-identification technique. De-identification and anonymization techniques masks the patient identity through using various techniques such as suppression, randomization, shuffling, creating pseudonyms, generalization, adding noise, scrambling, masking, encoding, encryption etc. The dataset having critical information is called protected health information (PHI) through which an individual can be identified. Thus PHI must be preserved through any means to make data valuable as well as protecting data from hackers.


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