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Joy Pritts

WebShield Advisor, EP3 Foundation Chief Privacy Officer & Policy Fellow

Former Chief Privacy Officer, HHS/ONC

Joy Pritts, J.D., is an independent consultant helping IT companies develop and implement innovative strategies, policies and practices on health information privacy, security and individual access. Joy has over 15 years expertise in the health information privacy field.  

Joy Pritts was the Chief Privacy Officer for HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) from 2010 to 2014, advising the Secretary of HHS and the National Coordinator in developing and implementing ONC's HITECH privacy and security programs. Prior to joining ONC, Ms. Pritts founded and led the Center on Medical Record Rights at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, serving on the faculty with a joint appointment as a Senior Scholar with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Research Associate Professor with the Health Policy Institute.

Her work has focused on privacy of health information and patient access to medical records at both the federal and state levels. She has written extensively on such topics as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Common Rule, federal alcohol and substance abuse confidentiality laws, and the confidentiality of health information in research. She has worked closely with national consumer organizations and federal policymakers on ensuring the protection of health information. Ms. Pritts holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.