ONC, FDA Aligning App Guidance With Broader Health IT Policy

Greg Slabodkin | FierceMobileHealthcare | June 22, 2013

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has taken a leadership position in promoting the implementation of health IT across the country. ONC is actively supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve America's healthcare system. FierceMobileHealthcare had the opportunity to speak with Jodi Daniel, Director of ONC's Office of Policy and Planning. 

In that capacity, Daniel, who is a lawyer by training, is responsible for thought leadership, policy development, and identifying "policy levers" for health IT activities, including establishing new policies and working with other federal agencies and private organizations to coordinate efforts regarding adoption and health information exchange. 

In addition, FierceMobileHealthcare was able to talk with Kathryn Marchesini, a senior analyst and advisor to ONC's chief privacy officer on issues of privacy and security related to mHealth. Marchesini, who is also an attorney, helped to address some of the challenges in securing mobile devices and highlighted the office's activities in this area.