Apps and Mental Health: Policy, Privacy, and Practical Considerations

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Virtual

The use of mobile mental health apps is now ubiquitous in care. Join APA and the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) for a webinar exploring how to use an "app" in your practice.

We'll talk about app privacy and security issues, considerations around app use and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)'s final rule on apps and how using application programming interfaces (APIs) might affect how you and your patients share data via apps.

Finally, we welcome Deven McGraw, JD, MPH, Chief Regulatory Officer for Citizen and former Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy for the Office of Civil Rights, for a conversation around privacy, security, and apps for the solo and small group provider.


Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw is a co-founder and the Chief Regulatory Officer for Ciitizen, a health technology company. Previously she directed U.S. health privacy and security as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Chief Privacy Officer (Acting) of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Widely recognized for her expertise in health privacy, she directed the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology for six years and led the privacy and security policy work for the HITECH Health IT Policy Committee. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women and Families. She advised health industry clients on HIPAA compliance and data governance while a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Deven graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew Tomlinson

Andrew Tomlinson is the Director of Federal Affairs at the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME). An expert in federal health IT policy, Andrew previously worked at UnitedHealth Group (UHG) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Originally from Michigan, Andrew graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. and currently resides with his wife Alyssa and dog Hazel in Baltimore, MD.

Nathan Tatro

Nathan Tatro, M.A., is Deputy Director of Digital Health at APA, within its Division of Programs, Policy, and Partnerships. In this position, Nate staffs APA's Committee on Mental Health Information Technology and Committee on Telepsychiatry, and is responsible for responding to federal regulations around digital health. He works across departments at APA and with APA membership to develop many products related to electronic health records, telemedicine, and now mobile mental health (mHealth) with APA App Advisor. Nate received his BA in psychology from Lycoming College (2003) and his MA in psychology from George Mason University (2010). He has previously worked for the American Psychological Association; AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation; and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

APA App Advisor

APA App Advisor's evaluation process for mental health apps helps APA members, patients, and other providers become familiar with important information that should be considered when picking an app. Learn more about APA App Advisor, the App Evaluation Model and see sample evaluations.

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