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Pritts to Face Pressures, Experts Say

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 26, 2010

Privacy advocates say the newly appointed ONC chief privacy officer has her work cut out for her. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology named former Georgetown University faculty member, Joy Pritts, to the post, which was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The founder of the World Privacy Forum, Pam Dixon, foresees tremendous pressure from health industry data users, Modern Healthcare reports. The CPO has to "really, really represent the consumers' interests," Dixon said, adding that Pritts needs to have "real power to put patients' interest first, not industry's interest first." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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