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June 13 Health Privacy Summit Announces Featured Speakers

Author, GW University Law Professor, JEFF ROSEN to Deliver Luncheon Keynote; Special Presentation by ALAN WESTIN, Of Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta and Washington DC.

“Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World” to Look at the Fundamental Role of a Patient’s Right to Privacy in Health Information Technology

AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2011 – Organizers of the upcoming D.C. Health Privacy Summit scheduled for June 13th in Washington D.C., today announced two featured speakers who will join a lineup of experts convening to examine the future of health privacy. Jeff Rosen, Author and Professor of Law at George Washington University, will deliver the luncheon keynote address “What do Research and History Tell Us About Privacy Today? A conversation with Alan Westin.”

Alan Westin, Of Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor of Arnold, Golden and Gregory of Atlanta and DC, will also present “How the American Public Views Patient Privacy and Health Technology Systems: What Ten Years of Surveys Tell Us.”

These speakers join other experts on the day’s agenda – academics, advocates, government, health care, and those in the technology field who are willing to work together to ensure health privacy is a centerpiece of U.S. health care system reforms. For agenda and registration information, visit:

“Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World”, jointly hosted by The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, is the first in a planned series of forums on the theme of the future of health privacy. The summit coincides with the creation of the U.S. government’s plan for a new health information technology (HIT) infrastructure, which will collect personal health information. For agenda and registration information, visit:

The summit will be interactive and audience members will be expected to contribute questions to panels and participate in work groups to identify urgent health privacy needs, along with the immediate steps needed to deliver responsible and realistic solutions.

The Summit will take place on June 13 at the Georgetown Law Center.

More on Jeff Rosen:

Jeff Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."

More on Alan Westin:

Alan Westin is Of Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta and Washington DC and Emeritus Professor of Public Law and Government with Columbia University's Department of Political Science. His main areas of research address privacy, office automation, and employee fair procedure/EEO issues, and the use of new information technologies to expand the distribution of public information to citizens and the voluntary sector.

For the past three years he served as the academic advisor for national public and leadership surveys on privacy. He has authored or edited 26 books including The Changing Workplace: A Guide to the People, Organizations, and Regulatory Aspects of Office Technology; Individual Rights in the Corporation: A Reader on Employee Rights; and Computers, Health Care, and Citizen Rights: Report of the Project on Medical Records and Citizen Rights.

Westin was instrumental in the authoring of the Privacy Act of 1974, which established the Code of Fair Information Practices that governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies.