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What is the role of the Chief Privacy Office in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)?

What is the role of the Chief Privacy Office in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)?

Section 13101 of the HITECH Act (2009) required that a new Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) position be established in ONC. The CPO will advise the National Coordinator on critical privacy and security policies and will play a key role in the design of new policies to assure that privacy and security is addressed in every phase of health IT development and implementation. The Chief Privacy Officer will also coordinate with other federal agencies, states and regions, and international efforts.