Health Data Privacy: Research Fronts, Hot Topics and Future Directions

Pool, Javad
Fatehi, Farhad
Hassandoust, Farkhondeh
Akhlaghpour, Saeed
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Health data privacy is an important research stream due to the high impacts on the success of digital health transformation and implementation. Neglecting to safeguard data confidentially and integrity and mitigate risks associated with unauthorized access will lead to failures in materializing benefit from digital health. This study aims to present a bibliometric analysis of health data privacy and provide a platform for future directions. We conducted a literature search between 2010 and 2020 in the Web of Science (WoS) database, resulted in 1,752 records. As part of the bibliometric analysis, concept mapping of health data privacy researches was depicted by network visualization and overlay visualization. These two visualizations represent five research fronts and emerging topics (e.g., digital health, blockchain, the internet of things (IoT)). Finally, we chart directions for future research on health data privacy, highlighting emerging topics, and boundary-breaking alternatives (e.g., GDPR, contact tracing apps in the context of pandemics).

Privacy; Cybersecurity; Digital health; Health data; Data protection
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 275: Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care, pp. 167 - 171.
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© 2020 The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. This article is published online with Open Access by IOS Press and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). doi:10.3233/SHTI200716