IMS Health acquires data anonymizing firm

Global IT services company IMS Health has acquired Privacy Analytics, a Canadian-based company that de-identifies and anonymizes patient data.

"Our team of healthcare data privacy experts has pioneered the methodologies, software and services that enable responsible use of complex health information," said Khaled El Emam, founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics, in a statement.

IMS Health plans to use Privacy Analytics' offerings to further develop ways to use anonymous healthcare information.

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