ONC Announces Appointment of New Chief Privacy Officer

Lucia Savage has been tapped to replace Joy Pritts as the new chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the agency announced Tuesday.

Pritts, who was the first ever chief privacy officer at ONC, resigned earlier this year, effective June 12. Another high-ranking ONC official, Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, announced his resignation in September. Since Pritts’ departure, Kathryn Marchesini stepped in to serve as the acting chief privacy officer. Savage will start at ONC on October 20.

Prior to accepting her role at ONC, Savage, was the senior associate general counsel for insurer UnitedHealthcare. Additionally, she has worked as general counsel with the non-profit Pacific Business Group on Health, and as Stanford University’s benefits compliance officer.

“[Savage] brings to our team a set of rich experiences at the intersection of health information, privacy, and modernizing the healthcare delivery system,” said ONC head Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, in a statement announcing Savage’s appointment. “I am confident that she will bring her wealth of experience to advance critical privacy and security policies in health IT development and implementation.”


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