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Pritts Named First ONC Privacy Officer

February 18, 2010
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The Health and Human Services Department (Washington) has named Joy Pritts, an assistant research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, as chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

The role was created as part of a reorganization designed to help the office meet its responsibilities under ARRA, according to ONC.

As chief privacy officer, Pritts will advise National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. David Blumenthal, on forming policies on privacy, security and data stewardship of electronic health data, it says. She will also coordinate similar efforts with other federal, state and regional agencies, as well as foreign countries.

Pritts has served on the Technical Advisory Panel for the multi-state Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative, and is a member of the board of the National Governors Association’s State Alliance for e-Health.

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