Online Program

Data Sharing Strategies to Combat Child Abuse

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Randall Harris, JD, Ciphergov, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
All government entities possess information that may assist other agencies in the prevention, treatment and prosecution of child abuse. Due to complex and arguably outdated confidentiality laws, agencies are reluctant to share information with others. Whether pertaining to confidential child abuse records, medical records, or law enforcement reports, every agency that provides services to the community wants to receive information pertaining to the customers they serve. The challenge is to find a way to safely and securely share data to better serve victims of child abuse and their families, without exposure to undue liability in the process. By creating a highly secure and heavily encrypted environment, we have developed a process to safely share information among members of Child Fatality Review Teams. This project not only permits safe sharing, but it also offers innovative ways to ensure accountability in the unlikely event of a breach of security. We has developed a method to track the source of leaks using proprietary encryption to allow printed documents to be traced back to the user that last printed them. Through the combination of secure electronic storage and traceable printed documents, This is a unique approach to silo-busting. In addition to simply storing documents pertinent to a Child Fatality Review Team meeting, this also permits subscribing hospitals to electronically submit and track child abuse reports. Through these electronic reports, statistics can be analyzed to better allocate prevention resources based on trends in the community. Through data sharing we can reduce child abuse.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Describe the value of knowing who printed a protected document. Describe the way that this program tracks child abuse reports. Describe the way that this program will help reduce child abuse.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received my Juris Doctor from McGeorge Law School in 1991. Since then I have been practicing in the field of child abuse. Utilizing the experience I gained working for the government, both as a lawyer and as a software developer, I gained both the practical as well as technical skills necessary to address the challenges discussed in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Ciphergov, Inc. Informratics Advisor

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.