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Health IT leader steps down from roles at VA and ONC

Tweeting that the “VA’s leadership intends to take the EHR modernization effort in a different direction than we were headed,” Genevieve Morris has resigned from her role as interim chief health information officer for the Office of EHR Modernization at the VA.

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Genevieve Morris, an IT official who held positions at the VA and the ONC, has resigned.

In July, Morris was tapped as interim chief health information officer for the Office of EHR Modernization at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was detailed to the VA from her position as the ONC’s principal deputy national coordinator.

On August 24, she stepped down from both roles.

She shared her resignation letter on Twitter. The last two tweets in the thread offer a bit of insight into her decision to leave the VA:

As for her future plans, Morris quipped on Twitter that “taking a long nap is in [her] near future.”

The VA’s Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization launched in late June of this year, and Morris was appointed in mid-July. The OEHRM’s goal is to manage the deployment and maintenance of the VA’s new Cerner EHR system.

“We are working hard to configure and design a system focused on quality, safety and patient outcomes, which will allow health IT innovations within one VA facility to be used across the entire VA healthcare system,” Morris said in a statement at the time of her appointment.

In May, the VA signed a $10 billion, 10-year contract with Cerner to update its electronic medical record system. The department decided to transfer from using its homegrown VistA EHR system to off-the-shelf Cerner solutions.

Morris isn’t the only VA leader to step down as of late. In April, acting VA CIO Scott Blackburn resigned, according to FedScoop.

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