Confidentiality of Electronic Health Data: Methods for Protecting Personally Identifiable Information. Search Strategy

07/03/1996

A variety of online databases are usually searched in preparing bibliographies in the CBM series. To assist you in updating or otherwise manipulating the material in this search, the strategy used for the NLM's MEDLINE database is given below. Please note that the search strategies presented here differ from individual demand searches in that they are generally broadly formulated and irrelevant citations edited out prior to printing.

SS 1 = CONFIDENTIALITY OR COMPUTER SECURITY OR PRIVACY (TW)
SS 2 = PATIENT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS OR PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION OR TELEMEDICINE OR DATABASES, FACTUAL OR NURSING AUDIT OR PEER REVIEW, HEALTH CARE OR PROFESSIONAL REVIEW ORGANIZATIONS OR MEDICAID OR SYSTEMS INTEGRATION OR JCAHO (MH)
SS 3 = *EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS (PX)
SS 4 = EXPLODE *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS OR EXPLODE *MEDICAL AUDIT OR EXPLODE *UTILIZATION REVIEW OR EXPLODE MEDICARE OR EXPLODE CLINICAL TRIALS OR EXPLODE *MEDICAL INFORMATICS
SS 5 = EXPLODE OFFICE MANAGEMENT OR EXPLODE *INSURANCE
SS 6 = 1 AND 2
SS 7 = 1 AND 3
SS 8 = 1 AND 4
SS 9 = 1 AND 5
SS 10 = 6 OR 7 OR 8 OR 9

GRATEFUL MED and INTERNET GRATEFUL MED

To make online searching easier and more efficient, the Library offers GRATEFUL MED, microcomputer-based software that provides a user-friendly interface to most NLM databases. This software was specifically developed for health professionals and features multiple choice menus and "fill in the blank" screens for easy search preparation. GRATEFUL MED runs on an IBM PC (or IBM-compatible) with DOS 2.0 or a Macintosh, and requires a Hayes (or Hayes-compatible) modem. It may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service in Springfield, Virginia, for $29.95 (plus $3.00 per order for shipping). For your convenience, an order blank has been enclosed at the back of this bibliography.

INTERNET GRATEFUL MED is available from the World Wide Web. The user with Internet access and an NLM user account need only point a compatible Web browser (Netscape Navigator is strongly recommended) to http://igm.nlm.nih.gov. No other software at the user end is required. At present, MEDLINE is the only NLM database available through INTERNET GRATEFUL MED, but the Library expects to add access to other files rapidly.