Clinical trial transparency tools provider TrialAssure has launched new software called Anonymize R.

The document anonymisation software uses machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Anonymize R is used to automatically locate and remove personal information from text, helping to safeguard patient privacy.

It is the latest addition to TrialAssure’s transparency portfolio.

The software is intended for reports and documents and enables users to apply rules that substitute information.

It reduces the possibility of a reader identifying a clinical trial participant.

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With the help of a risk algorithm builder in the software, Anonymize R generates a re-identification risk score and a risk assessment report.

The report generated makes sure the anonymised document meets an acceptable risk threshold.

TrialAssure Product Solutions manager Zach Weingarden said: “When clinical trial data and documents are released to the public or research community, they are often prepared through different channels and at different times, leading to inconsistencies in the anonymisation process.

“These inconsistencies limit the value of the information because they reduce the ability for other researchers to effectively analyse all the available data.

“Anonymize R solves this problem by allowing users to apply the same techniques to all clinical trial outputs, taking a holistic approach that ensures both consistency and efficiency. Aligning with regulatory guidelines, it drives its effectiveness with sophisticated, modern technology, replacing the age-old manual redaction process.”

TrialAssure Anonymize R, through machine learning and artificial intelligence, uses natural language processing to draw out information during the transformation of the text.

The extracted data will be fed into machine learning algorithms.

TrialAssure chief information officer Mohamad Zahreddine said: “The only efficient way for organisations to meet the upcoming anonymisation regulations is to use the latest technology with machine learning and AI functionality that learns your company preferences in real-time.

“Major global health authorities are beginning to ask that clinical documents be anonymised.

“Using Anonymize R allows sponsors and researchers to meet these requests in a tech-savvy, but budget-friendly, manner.”

Anonymize R also uses rules and machine learning applied from the company’s data anonymization module, Anonymize DS.