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Khaled El Emam

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Khaled El Emam is a co-founder and Director at Replica Analytics.[1] El Emam is also a senior scientist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting academic research on de-identification and re-identification risk.[2] As of 2022, El-Emam has served as Editor-in-Chief of JMIR AI, a journal focused on research and applications for the health AI community.[3]

El Emam is a Privacy by Design Ambassador recognized by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner.[4] He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa[5] and was an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the university. He has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King's College, at the University of London, England. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement, and ranked second in 2002 and 2005.[6] In 2007, El Emam founded Privacy Analytics which was acquired by IMS Health in 2016.[7]

In 2019, El Emam founded Replica Analytics, a synthetic real-world data company.[8] Replica Analytics creates privacy-protected, synthetic copies of real-world data while preserving the statistical integrity and utility of the original data. In January 2022, Replica Analytics was acquired by health care technology company Aetion.[9]

Selected works[edit]

Books authored:

  • K. El Emam: The ROI from Software Quality. Auerbach Publications (CRC Press), 2005.
  • K. El Emam and L. Arbuckle: Anonymizing Health Data. O’Reilly, 2013 (new edition published in 2014).
  • K. El Emam: Guide to the De-Identification of Personal Health Information. Auerbach Publications (CRC Press), 2013.
  • K. El Emam, L. Mosquera, and R. Hoptroff: Practical Synthetic Data Generation: Balancing Privacy and the Broad Availability of Data. 2020.
  • K. El Emam and L. Arbuckle: Building an Anonymization Pipeline: Creating Safe Data. 2020.

Books edited:

  • K. El Emam, J-N Drouin, and W. Melo (eds.): SPICE: The Theory and Practice of Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination. IEEE Computer Society Press, 1998.
  • K. El Emam and N. H. Madhavji (eds.): Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement. IEEE Computer Society Press, 1999.
  • K. El Emam (ed.): Risky Business: Sharing Health Data while Protecting Privacy. Trafford, 2013.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:


  1. ^ "Replica Analytics". Replica Analytics. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  2. ^ "Khaled El Emam". www.oreilly.com. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  3. ^ "JMIR AI". JMIR Publications. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  4. ^ "Khaled El Emam". Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  5. ^ "Dr. Khaled El Emam - Electronic Health Information Laboratory". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  6. ^ "Faculty Detail". dtiuottawa. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  7. ^ "Dr. Khaled El Emam". Privacy Analytics. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  8. ^ "Replica Analytics". Replica Analytics. Retrieved 2021-12-12.
  9. ^ "Aetion snaps up synthetic real-world data company Replica Analytics". mobihealthnews. 4 January 2022. Retrieved 2022-01-04.