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Privacy and Behavioral Health IT: Conundrum and Imperative

March 29, 2013

Deven McGraw, JD, LLM, MPH
Director of the Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy & Technology

About the Presentation: Health information technology is transforming how we care for patients, and how patients care for themselves and their families. But are these transformations happening in behavioral health? Privacy concerns are frequently cited as the obstacle to more widespread use of health information technology in behavioral health. This talk will explore these concerns and why they exist, and suggest potential ways to address them.

About the Presenter: Deven McGraw is the Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, where she focuses on developing and promoting workable privacy and security protections for electronic personal health information.

Ms. McGraw is active in efforts to advance the adoption and implementation of health information technology and electronic health information exchange to improve health care. She was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to serve on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, established by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She chairs the Committee’s Privacy and Security Workgroup (the “Tiger Team”) and serves as a member of its Meaningful Use and Information Exchange Workgroups. She has testified on health privacy and security issues before Congress five times since 2008.

Prior to joining CDT, Ms. McGraw was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women & Families, providing strategic direction and oversight for the organization’s core program areas, including promotion of initiatives to improve health care quality. Ms. McGraw also was an associate in the public policy group at Patton Boggs, LLP and in the health care group at Ropes & Gray. She also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts.

Ms. McGraw graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and was Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She also has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health.