© 2015

Medical Data Privacy Handbook

  • Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis
  • Grigorios Loukides

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliii
  2. Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis, Grigorios Loukides
    Pages 1-14
  3. Privacy in Data Sharing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis, Grigorios Loukides
      Pages 17-34
    3. Haoran Li, Li Xiong, Xiaoqian Jiang
      Pages 35-58
    4. Giorgos Poulis, Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis, Grigorios Loukides, Spiros Skiadopoulos, Christos Tryfonopoulos
      Pages 83-109
    5. Grigorios Loukides, John Liagouris, Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis, Manolis Terrovitis
      Pages 149-177
    6. Jiuyong Li, Sarowar A. Sattar, Muzammil M. Baig, Jixue Liu, Raymond Heatherly, Qiang Tang et al.
      Pages 179-200
  4. Privacy in Distributed and Dynamic Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Luca Bonomi, Liyue Fan, Li Xiong
      Pages 233-265
    3. James H. Boyd, Sean M. Randall, Anna M. Ferrante
      Pages 267-287
    4. Dalvin Hill, Joseph Walker, John Hale
      Pages 289-311
    5. Muhammad Rizwan Asghar, Giovanni Russello
      Pages 361-387
    6. Assad Abbas, Samee U. Khan
      Pages 389-421
  5. Privacy for Emerging Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Dov Fox, Lucila Ohno-Machado
      Pages 425-441

About this book


This handbook covers Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, which enable the storage, management, and sharing of massive amounts of demographic, diagnosis, medication, and genomic information. It presents privacy-preserving methods for medical data, ranging from laboratory test results to doctors’ comments. The reuse of EMR data can greatly benefit medical science and practice, but must be performed in a privacy-preserving way according to data sharing policies and regulations. Written by world-renowned leaders in this field, each chapter offers a survey of a research direction or a solution to problems in established and emerging research areas. The authors explore scenarios and techniques for facilitating the anonymization of different types of medical data, as well as various data mining tasks. Other chapters present methods for emerging data privacy applications and medical text de-identification, including detailed surveys of deployed systems. A part of the book is devoted to legislative and policy issues, reporting on the US and EU privacy legislation and the cost of privacy breaches in the healthcare domain. This reference is intended for professionals, researchers and advanced-level students interested in safeguarding medical data.


Data anonymization Data privacy Data sharing policies Deployed systems Disclosure risk assessment Electronic health data streams Electronic health networks Genomic privacy Medical IT Medical data privacy Medical image security Privacy legislation Text de-identification

Editors and affiliations

  • Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis
    • 1
  • Grigorios Loukides
    • 2
  1. 1.IBM Research - IrelandMulhuddartIreland
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis received the BS from the University of Ioannina (2003), the MS from the University of Minnesota (2005) and the PhD from the University of Thessaly (2009), all in Computer Science. His PhD dissertation was awarded the Certificate of Recognition and Honorable Mention in the 2009 ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Award. From 2009 to 2010, he was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, working on medical data privacy. In 2010, he joined IBM Research-Zurich, as a Research Staff Member. Since 2012, he is working in the Smarter Cities Technology Center of IBM Research-Ireland, leading research in the area of data privacy and anonymization. Aris is a regular reviewer for several prestigious journals and serves in the program committee of major conferences. He has co-authored/co-edited 4 Springer books in the areas of data anonymization, knowledge hiding, and large-scale data mining.

Grigorios Loukides is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. His research interests lie broadly in the field of data management with a focus on privacy. His recent research investigates theoretical and practical aspects of data privacy, including algorithmic design, optimization, and formal modeling, and explores applications in healthcare and business. He has received 4 best paper awards, including an award from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium, 2009. He obtained a Diploma in Computer Science (2005) from University of Crete, Greece, and a PhD in Computer Science (2009) from Cardiff University, UK.

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“It provides one of the most comprehensive treatments of medical data privacy among books on the market today. … As a snapshot reflecting some of the most interesting and promising research that is currently going on in the field of medical data privacy, the book by Gkoulalas-Divanis and Loukides is a must-read. It also gives the reader a strong sense of the research directions that are being pursued and that are expected to bear fruit in the next few years.” (Khaled El Emam, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, June, 2016)

“This collection of chapters by 63 researchers has a primary focus on security and privacy issues within electronic medical records (EMR) database systems. … Researchers and advanced students will find this handbook useful. … this is a reference for anyone concerned with medical data privacy and should be on your bookshelf.” (Brad Reid, Computing Reviews,, May, 2016)