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Timothy Noonan Named Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights

Issued by: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services [HHS]

Date: Nov. 26, 2019

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is pleased to announce that Timothy Noonan has been named the Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy.  The Health Information Privacy Division administers and enforces the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules, and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, through investigations, rule-making, guidance, and outreach.  Mr. Noonan had been the Acting Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy since January 2018.  Some OCR highlights during his tenure include: securing over $37 million in HIPAA settlements, judgments, and penalties for non-compliance, including the largest settlement in OCR history; creating the Right of Access Enforcement Initiative to reinforce individuals’ right to access their medical records; publishing a Request for Information seeking public input on modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule to promote coordinated, value-based health care; and issuing guidance on Health Apps and the Right of Access to improve the public’s understanding of HIPAA’s role in this rapidly evolving area.

Previously, Mr. Noonan served in OCR headquarters as the Acting Associate Deputy Director for Operations and the Acting Director for Centralized Case Management Operations.  Mr. Noonan joined OCR as the Southeast Regional Manager in November 2013.  Prior to joining OCR, he was a Supervisory General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and a shareholder in a Michigan law firm. 

As OCR’s Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy, Mr. Noonan will continue to lead OCR’s national health information privacy policy, enforcement, and outreach activities.

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