From: Carole Grunberg Carole_Grunberg@wyden.senate.gov
Please find below a letter of recommendation from United States Senator Ron Wyden recommending the nomination of Mr. Greg Miller of Oregon to be a member Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination P004807. Please contact Mr. Jeff Michels of the Senator's staff with any questions at 202-224-5244.
January 4, 2000
RE: Advisory Committee on Online Access & Security Nomination P004807
I am writing to nominate Gregory Miller of MedicaLogic Inc. for appointment to the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access & Security.
Gregory has a unique combination of technical, business, and legal backgrounds. His 20 years of experience in the Internet arena can be an asset to the Commission and this Committee. Mr. Miller is the Chief Internet Strategist for MedicaLogic (Nasdaq:MDLI), a company that provides electronic medical records online. As a result, Greg is very familiar with the issues surrounding secure access to personal data and privacy.
MedicaLogic (http://www.medicalogic.com) has been in the business of building and maintaining patient electronic medical records (EMR) for hospitals and clinics in the ambulatory setting for more than a decade. Recently, MedicaLogic launched an Internet-based version of its physician EMR tools and this coming spring will launch the first-ever consumer web site for secure access and maintenance of their authentic medical records (http://www.98point6.com).
It is my opinion that Gregory's participation can provide precisely the qualities the Commission seeks in assembling this team of 30 industry leaders.
First, Mr. Miller can promote a balance of views. His perspective on health care information privacy and security could be invaluable because his company is a custodian of consumer's authentic medical histories and has an absolute obligation to serve and protect consumer's best interests.
Second, Mr. Miller has expertise in and knowledge of the issues that will likely be the focus of the committee's work. Previous to joining MedicaLogic, Gregory was a Director in Strategic Marketing for Netscape Communications from 1997-1999 where he daily addressed the technical and business issues of leveraging the Internet for the worldwide property & casualty insurance industry. In that capacity Mr. Miller's domain of expertise was in security and privacy processes and technologies.
Prior to that, Mr. Miller built an Internet services company for the financial services and legal sectors from 1991-1997. Gregory also practiced technology law for two years ('89-'91), and before that spent 1981-1989 as a software engineer including earning two US patents. Within the legal profession, I understand Mr. Miller is looked upon as a thought-leader on technology policy and in particular security and privacy.
Finally, Mr. Miller can bring the valuable viewpoint of the consumer health care community. His employer, MedicaLogic, provides a system for storing and accessing authentic patient health care histories online. Gregory's efforts are guided by a commitment to serve the consumer's best interest in having secure and private access to their medical records.
It is also worth noting that Gregory is also involved with reviewing, analyzing and commenting on forthcoming regulations from the Department of Health & Human Services concerning the protection of health care information online. He is also looking at potential rule making proposals from the FDA on pharmaceutical data. Furthermore, Gregory stays current of potential legislation as it may pertain to privacy and security online. This is because his company's services will be subject to such regulatory compliance. As a result, Mr. Miller is current on the policy thinking of different Government agencies.
Accordingly, I believe that Gregory Miller can make valuable contributions to the Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access & Security and recommend his appointment.
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