Vermont Health Care Reform Commission Director To Testify Before Leahy Panel
WASHINGTON (Monday, Jan. 26, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a hearing Tuesday to examine how to best implement privacy protections in electronic health information systems. Leahy has invited James Hester, the Director of the Vermont Health Care Reform Commission, to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.
In past years, Leahy has partnered with other Members of Congress including Senator Edward Kennedy to introduce health privacy legislation, and to include important privacy protections in health care reform proposals.
Joining Hester on the witness panel for Tuesday’s hearing on “Health IT: Protecting Americans’ Privacy in the Digital Age” will be Adrienne Hahn, Senior Attorney and Program Manager for Health Policy, Consumers Union; Deven McGraw, the Director of the Health Privacy Project for the Center for Democracy and Technology; Michael Stokes, the Principal Lead Program Manager, HealthVault, Microsoft Corporation; John Houston, the Vice President of Information Security and Privacy for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and David Merritt, the Project Director for the Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group.
The hearing will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington. The hearing will be webcast live online.
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Hearing before the
Senate Judiciary Committee
“Health IT: Protecting Americans’ Privacy in the Digital Age”
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
James Hester, Jr. PhD
Health Care Reform Commission
Vermont State Legislature
Senior Attorney and Program Manager for Health Policy
Health Privacy Project
Center for Democracy and Technology
Principal Lead Program Manager
Vice President of Information Security and Privacy
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group
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Press ContactDavid Carle: 202-224-3693
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