Privacy Advisor

American Health Information Community Announces New Work Group

September 1, 2006

AHIC, a federal advisory panel created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, now divides its research activities between five work groups. The newly formed Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Work Group will focus its efforts on advancing a nationwide network of health information technology.

Kirk Nahra, Wiley Rein & Fielding Privacy Practice chair and IAPP Board Member, will serve as co-chair of this newest work group, along with Paul Feldman, deputy chair of the Health Privacy Project.

In response to his appointment Nahra said, "This is a great opportunity to use my background on privacy and security issues to help with one of the most important health care issues of the day - the goal of developing a national health information network over the next decade and expanding the use of health information technology to improve patient care and increase the efficiency of the health care system."