Several industry consultants and attorneys specializing in privacy and security issues praised the appointment of privacy advocate Deven McGraw to serve as deputy director for health information privacy in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Here is a sampling:

Kate Borten, president of HIT security consultancy Marblehead Group: “I'm happy that Deven is back at HHS. She has a great background for the job, and can be a champion. But she faces a tough road ahead. HIPAA privacy and security compliance audits and enforcement have been weak and delayed from the beginning, leading to loss of credibility for the agency. Keep in mind that the security rule became effective 10 years ago, and yet too many organizations' security and privacy programs remain incomplete and immature. It takes not only will – which Deven has – but also agency commitment and resources. I'm just not sure our government sees this as a high enough priority for Deven, or anyone, to have major success. Nevertheless, I wish her well in her new role.”

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Health Data Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access