Myth Busters! Examining Privacy Rules that Inhibit Data Sharing

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Data sharing is an important tool to improve patient care, but can be complicated by real and perceived privacy and security challenges. This session will clarify and discuss federal and state data privacy and security rules, and examine methods that enable secure sharing of patient information to improve care without compromising patient privacy. The session will include discussion of data sharing for substance use disorders and behavioral health. A federal official from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will provide an overview and two state speakers will share their experiences navigating privacy laws to successfully share data and improve patient care.


PDF-icon Linette Scott, Chief Medical Information Officer, California Department of Health Care Services

lucia-savage Linette Scott, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Deputy Director of the Information Management Division in the California Department of Health Care Services. In this role she works across the Department and with stakeholders to ensure that reliable data and information are available, and used to drive improvements in population health and clinical outcomes through the Department’s programs and policies. Dr. Scott is a Board Certified Physician in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has a Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelors of Arts in Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz. Highlights from her career include serving as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy, first as squadron physician with the Regional Support Group and later as the military physician for an Active Duty clinic; as a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Health Services; as the California State Registrar and Deputy Director of Health Information and Strategic Planning in the California Department of Public Health, and as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health Information Technology at the California Health and Human Services Agency.


PDF-icon Lucia Savage, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Health and Human Services

lucia-savage Appointed Chief Privacy Officer at Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health & Human Services in October 2014, Lucia Savage has been working on health privacy, transparency, and interoperable health information exchange since HIPAA was enacted. She previously served as General Counsel at Pacific Business Group on Health. And, as Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare she advised regarding large data transactions, health information exchange, and APCDs. Lucia has a BA with Honor from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Gregory Allen Director NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs, Division of Program Development & Mgt
greg-allenAs Director of the Division of Program Development and Management, Greg is responsible for Medicaid services planning and policy in addition to development of new and emerging program areas. Greg is responsible for managing policy and payment support for all NYS Medicaid’s inpatient, clinic, practitioner and pharmacy services as well as payment policy for mental health, chemical dependence and developmental disabilities services. Greg and his team have recently been engaged in the NYS Medicaid Redesign process including the statewide roll out of the health home care management program for high need, high cost populations. Greg also has lead responsibility for managing the state’s recently approved $8B Medicaid Waiver including its centerpiece the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.Beginning his career as a front line service professional in the chemical dependence field, Greg has over 20 years of government operations and management experience. Working at both the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and more recently at the State Department of Health, most of Greg’s work has focused on the nexus between program development and payment with a particular focus on incubating new programs and policy.