AbstractDeveloping effective data-driven algorithms and visualizations for disease surveillance hinges on the ability to provide application developers with realistic data. However, the sensitivity of the data creates a barrier to its distribution. We have created a tool that assists data providers with de-identifying their data in preparation for sharing. The functions in the tool help data providers comply with the HIPAA "Safe Harbor" de-identification standard  by removing or obscuring information such as names, geographic locations, and identifying numbers.
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