Patient Privacy Rights Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Five outstanding business and academic leaders join Deborah C. Peel MD and PPR as members of the board of directors

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) Foundation, the leading organization that defends Americans’ rights to control who can use sensitive personal health information in electronic systems and data exchanges, today announced that five outstanding individuals have joined its Board of Directors.

PPR’s new board members include: Andrew Dillon, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin; David Hilgers, a partner at Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.; Brynn Mow, founder and CEO of Jericho Systems Corporation; Michael Stokes, Director of the Compliance Policy, Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corporation; and Latanya Sweeney, founder and Director of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. The new members join current PPR board members Troy L. Ball, Ben Barnes, Kim Ross, and board Chair Deborah C. Peel, MD.

Dr. Peel founded PPR in 2004 to speak and advocate for the patient’s right to health privacy. Peel, chosen as one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential in Healthcare” 4 times in the last 5 years, is the leading voice for patient control over the use of sensitive health information.

Under Dr. Peel’s leadership, PPR created the first international dialogue about the privacy of healthcare data and has promoted privacy-enhancing technology systems that protect patients’ jobs and opportunities. All members of PPR’s Board of Directors are committed to raising the profile of PPR’s International Summits on the Future of Health Privacy and other public education and policy efforts.

“It is a privilege to serve for the protection of patient privacy with PPR, the nation’s leading advocacy organization,” said Brynn Mow, owner and CEO of Dallas-based Jericho Systems Corporation, which develops software to enforce security policies for access to healthcare records. “For decades, Dr. Peel has been at the forefront of change, urging the medical community and legislators to consider patient rights before expediency. I look forward to working with the PPR Board and furthering awareness of patient privacy and an individual’s right to control their personal health information.”

Elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and director of Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab, Latanya Sweeney said, “PPR has been the sole voice for all patients, who are rarely aware of the privacy consequences of sharing health data widely but who live with the ramifications.”

“There is no quality health care without patient privacy, and PPR is the organization that is focused on preserving that privacy,” said David Hilgers, healthcare attorney with over three decades of experience and a partner at Austin-based Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.

“In an era dominated by the proliferation of new and powerful information technologies, privacy and individual rights are threatened by the often invisible forces of commercial interests. There is an alternative future and with PPR, I intend to help shape one for the common good," said Andrew Dillon, Ph.D., Dean and Professor at the University of Texas School of Information and current president of the American Society for Information Science & Technology.

About Patient Privacy Rights Foundation

PPR is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that works to give patients control over their own sensitive health records to protect their jobs and future opportunities. PPR takes an active role on behalf of patients, encouraging accountability, patient control over personal information, and transparency in electronic health data systems and exchanges. Patient Privacy Rights has over 12,000 members in all 50 states and leads the Coalition for Patient Privacy, representing over 10 million Americans.



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Patient Privacy Rights Foundation
Katherine Johnson, 512-732-0033
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