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

Javad Pool, Farhad Fatehi, Farkhondeh Hassandoust, Saeed Akhlaghpour

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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).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2020


  • cybersecurity
  • data protection
  • digital health
  • health data
  • Privacy

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