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Lucia Savage, J.D.

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Lucia Savage, J.D. is Chief Privacy & Regulatory Officer at Omada Health, expertise at the intersection of HealthIT, Privacy, and Policy. With more than two decades of experience in employee benefits and healthcare, Lucia is a well-known expert on privacy, Health Information Technology, healthcare transparency and performance measurement, quality improvement, health information exchange, employer health insurance exchanges and ERISA healthcare benefits.

Lucia Savage, J.D.'s Latest Blog Posts

The Real HIPAA Supports Interoperability

Lucia Savage, J.D. | February 4, 2016

At ONC, we hear all of the time that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) makes it difficult, if not impossible, to move electronic health data when and where it is needed for patient care and health. This is a misconception, but unfortunately one that is widespread. This blog series and accompanying fact sheets aim to correct this misunderstanding so that health information is more often available when and where it is needed.   

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When and Where You Need It Most: Your Rights to Access and Transmit Your Health Information

Lucia Savage, J.D. | January 11, 2016

In order to effectively manage their health, individuals need to be able to access and use their health information when, where, and how they want, including sending it to the people and tools helping them become or stay healthy – neighbors, friends, relatives, health care providers who are treating or consulting with the individual, or even third-party software tools used for self-management. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) governs the privacy of individuals’ protected health information (PHI) and when and how that information can be shared.

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Shining a Light on Secure Health Big Data and Digital Privacy

Lucia Savage, J.D. | September 24, 2015

Through the proliferation of software applications and mobile technology, the amount of identifiable health information being collected, analyzed, and used is growing exponentially. As the volume, velocity, and variety of such information activities continue to grow, ONC is looking at how to protect that information from potential risks that may arise from unknown and inappropriate use.

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Practical Information From HHS About Privacy, Security and Health IT: ONC’s Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

Lucia Savage, J.D. | April 13, 2015

In the draft Interoperability Roadmap, ONC committed to helping individuals, providers, and the health and health IT community better understand how existing federal law — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — supports interoperable exchange of information for health. Today, we take a first step to fulfill that commitment and published the revised Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.

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