Deven McGraw, a veteran privacy expert with experience serving on federal advisory committees, is joining the HHS Office for Civil Rights as the Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy effective June 29.

In her new role, McGraw will lead OCR’s policy, enforcement, and outreach efforts for the HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules. She will also head up “presidential and departmental priorities on health privacy and security” at OCR.  

McGraw has served as a member of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, most recently chairing the Privacy and Security workgroup as well as sitting on the Meaningful Use workgroup. She comes to OCR from Washington, D.C. law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she was a partner in the healthcare practice, providing legal, regulatory and strategic policy and business counsel to healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations with respect to the adoption and implementation of health IT and health information exchange.

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McGraw also co-chaired the law firm’s privacy and data security practice.

Previously, she was the director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a leading consumer voice on health privacy and security policy issues. McGraw also held the post of chief operating officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided strategic leadership and policy expertise for the organization’s health policy agenda.

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