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Privacy, Security and Data Exchange Committee


In 1996, the Department of Health and Human Services enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification Provisions to reduce the cost and administrative burdens of health care by allowing standardized, electronic transmission of administrative and financial transactions. HIPAA also introduced the first comprehensive federal privacy and security rules and guidelines to support and enable data and transaction standardization and exchange.  The Privacy, Security and Data Exchange (PSDE) Committee ensures that public sector health is part of the conversation and that public sector health information and exchange needs are met.

The Consortium’s Privacy, Security and Data Exchange Committee focuses on addressing individual and organizational privacy and security issues related to maintaining and sharing health information, particularly in electronic form, for public sector health programs and health services research purposes.

The goals of the PHDSC Privacy, Security and Data Exchange (PSDE) Committee are to:

  • Represent and educate broad public sector health and health services research interests on privacy and security issues
  • Focus on priorities related to privacy, security, and data standardization, including implementation of the HIPAA privacy and security rules
  • Address balancing the need for individual privacy, confidentiality, and security with the need for use of data for public health and research activities





Vicki Hohner, MBA
Senior Consultant
Fox Systems, Inc.

David P. Lawton, RN, PhD
Public Health Informatics Coordinator
Nebraska Health and Human Services

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Important Terms

adapted from the Institute of Medicine publication, “Disposition of the Air Force Health Study,” 2006.

PRIVACY   is an individual’s right to control the acquisition, uses, or disclosures of his or her identifiable health data.

CONFIDENTIALITY  refers to the obligations of those who receive information to respect the privacy interests of those to whom the information relate. It is an organization’s responsibility to protect identifiable health information obtained in providing, or as a result of, a service.

SECURITY  refers to physical, technological, or administrative safeguards or tools used to protect identifiable health information from unwarranted access or disclosure. Security is the set of actions an organization takes to protect that information.