Why anonymization?

Why should I anonymize medical data?

Medical data quite frequently include very sensitive information, which connected with the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – such as names, addresses, personal IDs could be very harmful when exposed to third parties.  

The violation of the personal information can also be connected with high fines. For example, in case of GDPR violation the maximum penalty is €20 million or 4% of global revenue, whichever is higher. 

According to GDPR and other privacy regulations the principles of data protection should not apply to anonymous information, namely information which does not relate to an identified or identifiable natural person.

Which regulations should I be aware of when processing personally identifiable information (PII)?

It depends from where you and your customers/patients are based, as well as where the data processing will take place. Important regulations connected with data privacy are among others: 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – in Europe 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – in USA, regarding medical data 
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – in California, USA 
Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) – in Japan 
Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) – in Brazil 

The above list is not exhaustive. According to UNCTAD already 137 out of 194 countries had put in place legislation to secure the protection of data and privacy ( link).

Anonymization functionalities

Which data types and data formats can be anonymized with ShareMedix?

ShareMedix is supporting the anonymization of videos, images, documents and medical images. The supported data formats are: 

Videos: mp4, mov, avi, webm, mpeg/mpg 
Images: jpeg, jpg, png, bmp, webp 
Documents: pdf 
Medical images: dcm (DICOM)

Can I anonymize the videos from surveillance cameras?

Yes, using ShareMedix you can anonymize data coming from multitude of sources. One of the use cases includes anonymization of videos recorded by surveillance cameras (assuming the data format is supported). 

How to anonymize medical data in the application?

All you need to do is just to drag&drop your data, or browse and select the chosen files to be uploaded to the application. Our solution detects next automatically the data format and applies the right algorithms. When the process finishes you can revise your data or make any corrections if needed.

I want to include anonymization as part of my solution or part of the process in my hospital/company. Do you offer also a data anonymization API?

Yes, we are also offering the data anonymization API. Please contact us to discuss the details of implementation.

Do you also offer anonymization in other industries and use cases, such as retail / public administration / transport / production/ surveillance cameras?

Even though our solution is specialized in recognizing personally identifiable information in medical settings, it also achieves good results in other areas, such as anonymization of videos from surveillance cameras. Please contact us to discuss your use case at [email protected]


How ShareMedix is different than the other solutions?

We are offering one central point of anonymization that is needed for the whole hospital/company. This includes – anonymization of videos (such as e.g. recording from surveilance cameras or surgical videos), images, documentation and other textual data as well as medical images, such as DICOM.

Do I need to install anything on my computer to use ShareMedix?

No, ShareMedix runs entirely on the servers and all you need to use it is a stable internet connection and a web browser (such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

What should I do if I’m missing an important functionality that is not covered by the solution?

We are constantly improving and adding new features to our solution. We are happy to talk about your ideas – if you are missing any important feature, please contact us here. 

My hospital/company does not allow sending the data to external cloud. Is there any other way to use ShareMedix?

Yes, apart from the standard approach running on our cloud, we are also offering an Enterprise plan, which includes such possibilities. In this scenario we can implement ShareMedix in the cloud tenant belonging to your hospital/company or on your servers (assuming the hardware requirements are met). If you are interested in such case, please contact us and tell us more about your requirements.

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