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Protecting Data Privacy in Health Services Research
den, and general descriptive epidemiology. She is currently president of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, an organization broadly representative of government, industry, and academic researchers. Dr. Andrews serves as adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Public Health. She participates as a member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Clinical Safety Surveillance Committee and for three years chaired its Epidemiology Subcommittee. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. She serves on the governing board of the UNC School of Public Health 's Public Health Foundation. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Panel on Research of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Data Privacy Working Group of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. She also serves on the Food and Drug Administration's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee's Subcommittee on Pregnancy Labeling. Over the past two years, she has testified on medical records confidentiality before the U.S. Senate and House committees and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Dr. Andrews received her master's in public health and health policy and administration and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. Prior to joining Burroughs Wellcome in 1982, she managed the Statewide Regionalized Perinatal Care Program and directed the Purchase-of-Care Services for the State Health Department of North Carolina.
JOHN COLMERS is executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), an agency created through the merger of two existing health regulatory commissions. MHCC is charged with health care reform activities for the state, the development and adoption of a state health plan, and the compilation and analysis of health care datasets, among other responsibilities. Prior to the merger, Mr. Colmers was executive director of the Health Care Access and Cost Commission (HCACC), one of the organizations in the merger. The HCACC implemented many initiatives, including report cards providing information on the quality and performance of health maintenance organizations and standards for the operation of electronic health networks. Before this, Mr. Colmers was the executive director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, overseeing Maryland's all-payer hospital rate setting system. Mr. Colmers did undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University, received his master of public health from the University of North Carolina, and has returned to Johns Hopkins University for doctoral study of health services research.
GEORGE T. DUNCAN is professor of statistics in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research work centers on information technology and social accountability, especially on confidentiality issues. He chaired the Panel on Confidentiality and Data Access of the Commission on Behavioural and Social Sciences and Education (CBSSE) Committee on Na-