Privacy Advocate McGraw Gets New Role

Federal Adviser Joins Washington Law Firm
Privacy Advocate McGraw Gets New Role

Health information privacy expert Deven McGraw, a prominent adviser to federal regulators, has left the Center for Democracy & Technology, a consumer advocacy group, to become a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

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McGraw, who was director of the health privacy project at CDT since April 2008, will begin her new position in the Washington office of the law firm on April 21.

"I am thrilled about the opportunity to do more work in this field with a team of experienced healthcare attorneys and business strategists," McGraw says. She will continue to work on healthcare privacy policy and implementation issues at the law firm.

McGraw plans to continue to serve for the remaining two years of her term as a member of the Health IT Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on policies related to the HITECH Act electronic health record financial incentive program as well as secure nationwide health information exchange. She also will continue to lead the committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team and co-lead its Information Exchange Workgroup.

Information Security Media Group named McGraw a top 10 health information security "influencer" in 2012, and the entire Tiger Team was also named to the list in 2013 (see Top 10 Influencers in Health InfoSec).

Before joining the Center for Democracy & Technology, McGraw was chief operating officer at the National Partnership for Women and Families, another advocacy group. CDT is looking to hire a replacement to focus on health privacy issues, McGraw says.

About the Author

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Executive Editor, HealthcareInfoSecurity, ISMG

McGee is executive editor of Information Security Media Group's media site. She has about 30 years of IT journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues for more than 15 years. Before joining ISMG in 2012, she was a reporter at InformationWeek magazine and news site and played a lead role in the launch of InformationWeek's healthcare IT media site.

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