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    Government Health IT: HHS appoints Joy Pritts chief privacy officer

    Government Health IT reports that the Health and Human Services Department has named a chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Joy Pritts is an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. Her faculty bio page says, “Her primary area of research is the privacy of medical information, including individuals’ access to their own medical information. Ms. Pritts conducts legal research and analysis on both state and federal privacy laws.”

    Government Health IT reports:

    The chief privacy officer is a new role at ONC, part of a re-organization now underway to help the office meet its responsibilities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    As chief privacy officer, Pritts will advise Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT, on forming policies on privacy, security and data stewardship of electronic health information, ONC said in an announcement Feb. 17.

    She will also coordinate similar efforts with other federal, state and regional agencies and also with foreign countries. […]

    Pritts has participated in a number of federal health IT initiatives, including serving on the Technical Advisory Panel for the multi-state Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative (HISPC). […]

    Among her publications, Pritts was the primary author of The State of Health Privacy: An Uneven Terrain, a survey of state health privacy statutes, written while she was senior counsel at the Health Privacy Project, part of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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