Identifiable Healthcare Information

The Tri Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) defines identifiable information as follows:

Information that may reasonably be expected to identify an individual, alone or in combination with other available information, is considered identifiable information…

It goes on to further categorize identifiable information.

Examples of Identifiers

The US Government’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) contains useful examples of data items that constitute identifiers. These may be categorized as either direct or indirect identifiers. This categorization is not intended to be definitive but should be considered as guidance for investigators when considering the context of their own study data.