Sav­age new chief of pri­vacy at ONC

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Who: Lu­cia Sav­age, 52

New role: Chief pri­vacy of­fi­cer for the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, re­plac­ing Joy Pritts, ef­fec­tive Oct. 20. She will help man­age the pri­vacy im­pli­ca­tions of elec­tronic health records and health data in­ter­change.

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tion: Sav­age most re­cently served as se­nior as­so­ciate gen­eral coun­sel for Unit­edHealth­care, the gi­ant Min­netonka, Minn.-based health in­surer. Ac­cord­ing to a memo an­nounc­ing her ONC ap­point­ment, Sav­age worked on United’s health in­for­ma­tion ex­change and data trans­parency projects, among other du­ties. She also served on the gov­ern­ing board for the CMS’ Mul­tiPayer Claims data­base project.

Back­ground: Sav­age has a J.D. from the New York Univer­sity School of Law. She has worked at Stan­ford Univer­sity as the school’s ben­e­fits com­pli­ance of­fi­cer and was gen­eral coun­sel at the Pa­cific Business Group on Health.

Com­plex is­sues:

In the memo an­nounc­ing Sav­age’s hire, ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said Sav­age, in her pre­vi­ous roles, has been work­ing on “the com­plex is­sues of main­tain­ing pa­tient pri­vacy while work­ing to fully re­al­ize the po­ten­tial of health in­for­ma­tion ex­change for bet­ter pa­tient care in a learn­ing health­care sys­tem.”

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