Cathy Betz

Cathy Betz

Vice President, Government Affairs,
Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions

Cathy is responsible for developing and executing Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solution’s government affairs strategy which is designed to educate and inform federal and state legislators and other interest groups on health policy issues of interest to the company’s various business enterprises. A well respected advocate and spokesperson on health policy and health law issues, Cathy brings over 25 years of legislative and government affairs experience to this role, including policy development, legislative and regulatory analysis, stakeholder relations and consensus building.

Joining the company in 2007, Betz is based in Washington D.C. She holds a BS from James Madison University, a Juris Doctor from George Mason University’s School of Law, and a Master’s in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Posts by Cathy Betz

Location Mobile Tracking – to the End of the Earth?

Written on May 27, 2011

Contrary to some predictions, the world didn’t end last weekend. But have no fear; Apple and Google were tracking your location/destination anyway.

Apple and Google are helping intensify an already intense digital privacy debate with recent revelations that both companies’ mobile software track users’ movements in detail without affirmative consent.

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Personal Data: A New Asset Class?

Written on April 22, 2011

“Personal data is the new oil of the Internet and the new currency of the digital
world.” Meglena Kuneva, European Consumer Commissioner, March 2009

As we move towards a “Web of the world” in which mobile communications, social technologies and online connections are bringing people together into one interconnected network, personal data may soon emerge as “a new asset class,” according to a fascinating report recently released by Bain & Company, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF PersonalDataNewAsset_Report PDF).

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Entering the Era of e-patients

Written on March 28, 2011

The Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers released a report recently entitled “Putting patients into ‘meaningful use’”(PDF). It begins with the true story regarding a life-saving diagnosis by Facebook in which a Wisconsin woman ended up in an emergency room, and then in a coma, after months of experiencing symptoms that had confounded doctors trying to make a diagnosis. A family member “friended” the doctor to the woman’s Facebook account – where she had been tracking her symptoms, conditions, medications, etc. After reading her status updates, the doctor pieced information together and was able to diagnose and treat her; she has since recovered. Read further >

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