1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1202
Washington, DC 20036
Dr. Helga Rippen
Contact Person:
Deborah Rudolph Manager, IEEE-USA Technology Policy Activities
T: (202) 785-0017 x 8332

Please note that the original and two (2) copies of the following nomination letter along with the attachment (created in Word 97 & 60/95-RTF) has been submitted to the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, January 5, 2000 via messenger.

Thank you.

deborah rudolph
828 L st, nw, #1202
ashington, dc 20036
202 785-0017  x8332


05 January 2000

David Medine
Associate Director for Financial Practices
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Room H-159
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580

Re: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination, P004807

Dear Mr. Medine:

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - United States of America (IEEE-USA) would like to nominate Helga Rippen for membership to the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. Dr. Rippen is Chair of the IEEE-USA Medical Technology Policy Committee and has been very active with IEEE efforts in the area of privacy, security and health information and issues of quality of health information on the Internet. Among her many credentials, she has a Ph.D. in engineering, is MD Boarded in public health and general preventive medicine and an MPH with a focus on health policy and management.

Dr. Rippen has cross-cutting experience with the design, implementation, evaluation and policy development of health information systems. She has lead the efforts in the development of criteria for evaluating the quality of health information on the Internet and defining ethical principles for the use of the Internet in health. In the latter effort, she is co-chair of the Health Ethics Summit for the Internet Healthcare Coalition. Attached is more information and details of her experience and credentials.

Dr. Rippen is the founder of the Health Information Technology Institute of Mitretek Systems, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to "ensure quality health care by conducting research in support of accessible, affordable, appropriate, and efficacious health care in the public interest" through the use of information technology. Her activities have included disseminating information relating to these issues that further discussions, ensuring that future public health leaders learn about these issues; and providing a vehicle to educate and discuss related issues. In December, Dr. Rippen accepted a position as Director of Medical Informatics at Pfizer Health Solutions.

She has been involved with American Public Health Association, Internet Healthcare Coalition, American Medical Association, American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American Teachers of Preventive Medicine. She is the creator of the Health Summit Working Group and a founding member of the Internet Healthcare Coalition and its Chairperson.

In the area of privacy, security and confidentiality of electronic health information, she was an instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and has written on security for the AAPHA Health Administration Section Newsletter and an author of "Guiding Principles for Privacy/Confidentiality/Security-Where are we now?" which was published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this year.

IEEE-USA highly recommends Dr. Rippen and requests your favorable action on her nomination.

IEEE is the world's largest technical professional association with approximately 334,000 members worldwide. IEEE-USA promotes the career and technology-policy interests of the nearly 225,000 electrical, electronics and computer engineers who are U.S. members of the IEEE. If you need any additional information, please contact Deborah Rudolph at IEEE-USA at (202) 785-0017.



Merrill W. Buckley, Jr.
President IEEE-USA

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