01.26.09

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.

Hester leads Vermont’s public-private partnership that is charged with developing Vermont’s statewide electronic health information system.  The Commission was created to oversee the implementation of a 2006 health reform law aimed at ensuring and providing affordable, quality health care to Vermonters.  The state law included an important privacy policy to secure Vermonters’ personal information.

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

on

 

“Health IT: Protecting Americans’ Privacy in the Digital Age”

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
10:00 a.m.

 

James Hester, Jr. PhD

Director

Health Care Reform Commission

Vermont State Legislature

 

Adrienne Hahn

Senior Attorney and Program Manager for Health Policy

Consumers Union

 

Deven McGraw

Director

Health Privacy Project

Center for Democracy and Technology

 

Michael Stokes

Principal Lead Program Manager

HealthVault

Microsoft Corporation

 

John Houston

Vice President of Information Security and Privacy

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 

David Merritt

Project Director

Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group 

 

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