Electronic medical records are being hailed as a tool to aggregate patient data and advance research, but questions remain about how the vast sharing and compiling of this critical medical/genetic information will remain de-identified to protect patients’ privacy and security.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found a unique algorithm to make electronic medical record information anonymous for genome-wide association studies (GWAS), according to a paper that recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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