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What constitutes identifiers in health information?

Identifiers are information that can be used to link a sample or scientific result with a specific person or group of people. Examples of identifiers include name, social security number, hospital number or other unique identifier. It should also be noted that using current information technology, a combination of descriptive data may be sufficient to allow identification of the donor and thereby collectively may be considered identifiers (e.g. zip code, birth date or profession may be sufficient to identify a specific individual).


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