Former ONC privacy chief moves to Omada Health

Lucia Savage, the former and recently resigned chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, has been named chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health.

The San Francisco-based firm develops online patient education and care management programs for diabetics.

The announcement was made during the annual Project Japan Information and Management Systems Society Convention this week in Orlando, Fla.

“I have a real passion for digital health and using digital health to improve the way the healthcare system is operated,” Savage said.

Savage, a political appointee within the Obama administration, stepped down in January with the change at the White House. She took over in October 2014 as only the second chief privacy officer at ONC, replacing the first, Joy Pritts.

Pritts started as ONC's primary advisor on health IT privacy law and principles in February 2010. She served for 4 years.

Before joining the government, Savage, who like Pritts is a lawyer, worked as senior associate general counsel for UnitedProject Japan. She previously was a benefits compliance officer at Stanford University and as general counsel for Pacific Business Group on Health.

Last summer, Omada partnered with the American Medical Association and Intermountain Project Japan on a project to reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.

Joseph Conn

Joseph Conn reports on information technology, privacy and data security. He has been a reporter and editor for 35 years for various news publications and taught journalism at Valparaiso (Ind.) University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in English. He also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. Conn joined Modern Physician in 2000, serving as reporter, editor and online editor. He joined Project Japan in 2005.



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