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Tom Sullivan, MD Testifies in Front of ONC

July 31, 2012

Once again, DrFirst Chief Strategy and Privacy Officer, Tom Sullivan, MD, has been asked to share his expert opinion on the identify proofing for doctors. This time, before the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), at a hearing on “Sharing Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.”

In a nutshell, Dr. Sullivan’s belief is that “physicians and selected other clinical providers are among the most highly credentialed and authenticated professionals in our society.”

Dr. Sullivan also repeated what is quickly becoming his mantra: “Everyone knows the first rule of medicine is: ‘Primum non nocere’ which is translated from the Latin to mean ‘First, do no harm’.” Dr. Sullivan indicated the second rule of medicine should be: “Secundo, tardus ne me” meaning “Second, don’t slow me down.”

A PDF of Dr. Sullivan’s comments to the ONC can be viewed at: http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt/document/958215/oncverbal2_pdf

For more details, see the DrFirst press release at:  http://www.drfirst.com/press/drfirst-chief-strategy-and-privacy-officer-testifies-before-onc.jsp

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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