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.

Pritts is well known in the health care privacy community. She previously served as senior counsel at the Health Privacy Project, formerly associated with Georgetown and now part of the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington. She also has participated in a number of federal health I.T. initiatives including serving on the Technical Advisory Panel for the multi-state Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative and as a board member of the National Governors Association's State Alliance for e-Health. Pritts received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

--Joseph Goedert

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