ONC leadership fills out with principal deputy national coordinator

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Genevieve Morris has been named principal deputy national coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Morris’ bio on the ONC site describes her as a “subject matter expert in health IT policy, program management, interoperability, meaningful use and the quality payment program (QPP).” In the new role, she’ll report directly to ONC chief Donald Rucker, MD.

Her most recent position was senior director for health IT policy at Baltimore-based Audacious Inquiry. She has helped on major ONC projects before, according to her bio, including developing the procedures and data related to health IT certification for meaningful use and its QPP equivalent, Advancing Care Information, and the health IT policies for the QPP’s Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) track.

“The framework lays out a strategy for moving to more advanced health IT systems to enable APMs to be successful as they scale,” her ONC bio says.

While she was several years of health IT experience, Morris holds no medical or scientific degrees, unlike her predecessor, Vindell Washington, MD, who served in the deputy role before being promoted to ONC chief in August 2016.