Deborah Peel Receives iSchool's First Tocker Fellows Grant

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Deborah C. Peel, MD, psychoanalyst and health privacy expert, was named recipient of the School of Information’s first Tocker Fellows grant.

The goal of the program, funded by the Tocker Foundation, is to attract nationally recognized experts who will facilitate new thinking on aspects of teaching, research and service in librarianship and information professions.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Peel taught and gave lectures about health privacy in the School of Information.

Peel, a practicing physician and national expert on health privacy, became active in privacy rights at the federal level in 1993 when the Clinton Healthcare Initiative required every doctor-patient encounter to be entered in a federal health database. She advocated first as an individual and later on behalf of state and national medical specialty organizations for patient control of access to medical records.

In 2004, she founded Patient Privacy Rights to educate and empower Americans to preserve and protect their fundamental human and civil rights to health information privacy. In 2006, Peel formed the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, now representing over 10.3 million Americans.

Peel presents at national panels and Congressional briefings, has provided state and federal testimony, and is widely quoted in trade journals and the national press. She was named as one of the “100 Most Influential in Healthcare” in the United States by ModernHealthcare magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in 2002 and 2005.

The Tocker Foundation, family and board members, have a long history of supporting The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Information. The foundation is dedicated to the wide distribution and free access of information.

Posted: 01/26/2012

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