Former Audacious Inquiry director added to ONC’s leadership team

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT added yet another member to its growing leadership team.

Genevieve Morris, formerly a senior director at Audacious Inquiry, has assumed the role of principal deputy national coordinator for health information technology, according to the ONC’s leadership page. Her leadership bio describes her as a 10-year veteran in the field and of “subject matter in health IT policy, program management, interoperability, Meaningful Use and the Quality Payment Program.” She will report to ONC National Coordinator Donald Rucker.

Morris is the third political appointment to ONC. In addition to Rucker, former Louisiana Representative John Fleming was appointed to a new position as deputy assistant secretary for health technology reform.

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In her previous role at Audacious Inquiry, a health IT and policy company, Morris worked with the ONC to develop policies and standards and wrote reports to support the State Health Information Exchange Program.

Morris was selected as one of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Health IT in 2017 by Health Data Management. In a profile by the website, Morris said she “fell into” health IT, and pointed to her work developing a patient matching report for ONC as one of her most significant accomplishments. Much of her policy efforts have also focused on interoperability, which she sees as a critical element for the health IT industry moving forward.

“Standards and APIs help deal with the technical pieces, but there are a lot of other pieces that need to fall into place to get the industry closer to interoperability,” she told HDM.