To enable secondary use of healthcare data in a privacy-preserving manner, there is a need for methods capable of automatically identifying protected health information (PHI) in clinical text. To that end, learning predictive models from labeled examples has emerged as a promising alternative to rule-based systems. However, little is known about differences with respect to PHI prevalence in different types of clinical notes and how potential domain differences may affect the performance of predictive models trained on one particular type of note and applied to another. In this study, we analyze the performance of a predictive model trained on an existing PHI corpus of Swedish clinical notes and applied to a variety of clinical notes: written (i) in different clinical specialties, (ii) under different headings, and (iii) by persons in different professions. The results indicate that domain adaption is needed for effective detection of PHI in heterogeneous clinical notes.
IOS Press, Inc.
6751 Tepper Drive
Clifton, VA 20124
Tel.: +1 703 830 6300
Fax: +1 703 830 2300 email@example.com
(Corporate matters and books only) IOS Press c/o Accucoms US, Inc.
For North America Sales and Customer Service
West Point Commons
Lansdale PA 19446
Tel.: +1 866 855 8967
Fax: +1 215 660 5042 firstname.lastname@example.org