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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

'Digital Mask' Could Protect Patients' Privacy in Medical Records

A pragmatic means for assuring privacy?

'Digital Mask' Could Protect Patients' Privacy in Medical Records

University of Cambridge (U.K.)

Craig Brierley, September 15, 2022

U.K. and Chinese researchers have created a "digital mask" that allows facial images to be stored in medical records while protecting personal biometric information from extraction. The researchers used three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction and deep learning algorithms to delete identifiable features from facial images while preserving disease-related attributes. The digital mask inputs a video of a patient's face and outputs a video based on the algorithm and 3D reconstruction, leaving out as much of the patient's personal biometric information as possible, and thwarting identification. Patrick Yu-Wai-Man at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge said digital masking "offers a pragmatic approach to safeguarding patient privacy while still allowing the information to be useful to clinicians.”  ... ' 

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