Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D.

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Elise Sweeney Anthony serves as the executive director of policy at ONC. Ms. Anthony leads ONC’s engagement on a range of high-priority federal policy efforts, including regulatory development, information blocking, MACRA implementation, and governance. Her portfolio also includes emerging issues and health IT policy matters impacting EHR Incentive Program participants and other care settings.

Prior to this position, she served as the deputy director of policy where she led the Division of Strategic Policy, the Division of State and Interoperability Policy, and the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs. She also led ONC’s coordination with CMS on the EHR Incentive Program regulations—including the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule and the Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 final rule.

Ms. Anthony is an experienced health policy attorney and advisor. She spent many years at a leading law firm where she spearheaded a variety of health improvement initiatives, including initiatives impacting care delivery, health innovation, and at-risk/rural populations. In addition, she has served as a senior director at a global development consultancy where she focused on health improvement in international conflict zones and on addressing health disparities in developing regions. She has led initiatives across the policy landscape, including with Congress, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.

Ms. Anthony received her Bachelor’s degree in political science at Morgan State University as a Ralph Bunche Scholar and her Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was trial advocate of the year.

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D.'s Latest Blog Posts

Certification Program Updates to Support Efficiency & Reduce Burden

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D. | September 21, 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is always on the lookout for ways to improve the ONC Certification Program’s efficiency and reduce burden on health information technology (health IT) users and health IT developers.  Whether it is making certification criteria clarifications clearer and more rapidly accessible through the Certification Companion Guides, or offering more flexible certification options through rulemaking, ONC looks to achieve its mission in the most nimble way possible while still serving the needs of patients,

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Highlights: Supporting the Reliability and Safety of Certified through an ONC Direct Review Process

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D. | October 14, 2016

Today we issued the “” final rule. This is a key part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s  (ONC) commitment to accelerate the interoperable flow of electronic health information by supporting the reliable and safe use of certified health information technology (health IT). We truly appreciate the comments we received on this rule from the stakeholder community and we look forward to working with stakeholders as we implement its provisions.

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Transparency Requirements for Developers Will Help Providers Know More About Their Products

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D. | June 1, 2016

Customessaywriters (health IT) developers must now comply with enhanced transparency requirements associated with their products. This regulatory requirement is applicable to all health IT certified to the 2014 Edition, as well as newly issued 2015 Edition of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria. These new disclosures are designed to help purchasers and users better understand the capabilities and limitations of their health IT products.  

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Keeping Consumers in the Know: Help Us Update the Model Privacy Notice

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D. | February 26, 2016

As ever more sophisticated retail health technology – like exercise trackers, wearable health technologies, or mobile applications that help individuals monitor various body measurements – comes into widespread use, it is increasingly important for consumers to be aware of companies’ privacy and security policies, including data sharing practices.

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