LBJ School of Public Affairs and Patient Privacy Rights Foundation to Co-Host Inaugural International Summit on Health Privacy June 13 in Washington, D.C.
“Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World” to Look at the Fundamental Role of a Patient’s Right to Privacy in Health Information Technology
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AUSTIN, Texas, May 11, 2011 – The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation will co-host the nation’s first public summit to discuss the future of health privacy in the digital age. “Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World” will be held on June 13, 2011 at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. The first in a planned series of public forums on the future of health privacy, the summit coincides with ongoing US government projects to expand the use of health information technology, which implicates new concerns about the security and privacy of patient data. For agenda and registration information, visit: http://www.healthprivacysummit.org/
“The LBJ School has been preparing leaders for 40 years to help find innovative solutions to the most complex public policy issues and challenges of our modern world,” said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. “Therefore, we see it as critically important to engage in this issue on every level—local, state, national, international—through research and collaborative partnerships in conferences such as this one. We are especially pleased to join with the Patient Privacy Rights and with the other conference participants on working together towards solutions to one of the greatest privacy challenges of our time.”
The summit will be interactive and audience members will be expected to contribute questions to panels and participate in work groups to identify urgent health privacy needs, along with the immediate steps needed to deliver responsible and realistic solutions.
Deborah Peel, member of the board of directors of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Summit co-host, explained, “The goal of the summit is to create the world’s premier public forum on health privacy issues by uniting a ‘brain trust’ of experts - academics, advocates, government, health care, and those in the technology field - who are willing to work together to ensure health privacy is a center-piece of U.S. health care system reforms. We’re very pleased with the response to the Summit, from panelists and speakers to sponsors, which no doubt speaks to the importance and urgency of these issues today and into the future.”
Whether or not the new HIT infrastructure will afford individuals proper control over the sharing of their personal health information is the key issue that will be addressed. Benedicte Callan, Sid Richardson Fellow of health innovation and policy at the LBJ School, feels that the United States is reaching a crossroads in patient privacy with the creation of the HIT infrastructure.
“Designed well, this digital health information system could be the foundation for a more efficient 21st Century health care system,” said Callan. “It could lower costs, make care more safe and effective while leading to new treatments by benefiting research. But without proper protections built in up front, the HIT system could compromise the fundamental rights of citizens to protect their most sensitive personal health information.”
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is a graduate component of The University of Texas at Austin. The School's mission is to develop leaders and innovative ideas that will help our state, the nation and the international community address critical public policy challenges in an ever increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.
The Patient Privacy Rights Foundation is the nation’s leading health privacy watchdog and leading consumer voice for building ethical, trustworthy HIT systems. For more information, visit: http://patientprivacyrights.org
For more information, a full agenda, and to register for the conference, visit: http://www.healthprivacysummit.org/.