Former ONC policy chief Jodi Daniel heads to D.C. law firm

Jodi Daniel, who spent a decade shaping policy for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, has joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Crowell & Moring as a partner in its healthcare group.

“Jodi literally wrote the book—and all the rules—governing health information technology, including the complex HIPAA privacy and enforcement rules,” said John Brennan Jr., chairman of the firm's healthcare group. “Her experience in setting the regulatory framework and policies for both technology providers and adopters has supported innovation in areas including mobile health, remote devices and telehealth, and that insight will be of enormous value to our clients as they operate in this highly regulated space.”

Daniel earned a law degree from Georgetown University and a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins.

She had worked on the HIPAA privacy rule as a lawyer at HHS before coming to the then-newly launched ONC in 2004 and was “right there with every battle,” getting the agency off the ground, said Dr. David Brailer, the first ONC chief.

“There is almost no health IT policy issue with which Jodi has not been involved over the past decade,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the current national coordinator for whom Daniel last served as director of the ONC's office of policy.

“Technology is changing the face of healthcare and healthcare delivery,” Daniel said in a news release. “To meet this growing need, the private sector and the government must continue to work together from a legal and policy perspective. I look forward to building on Crowell & Moring's deep bench in the healthcare arena, and to incorporate health IT into the firm and counsel clients as they forge a path into this highly regulated space."

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 Modern Healthcare in 2005.

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