Joy Pritts, an assistant research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, has been named chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted on Feb. 17, 2009, mandated appointment of an ONC privacy officer within a year. Under the law, the officer is tasked with advising the national coordinator on privacy, security and data stewardship of electronic health information, and coordinating activities with other federal, state, regional and foreign initiatives.

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