Alicia Morton

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Director, ONC Health IT Certification Program

Captain Morton arrived at ONC in 2005 to lead the contract for the first voluntary EHR certification program, CCHIT. Since 2005, she has worked in a variety of roles within several ONC offices. Recent areas of focus have been clinical decision support projects, SHARP C grant, and the University Based Training grant program. In her most recent roles, she served as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer alongside Jacob Reider and a Senior Advisor to the Office of Standards & Technology.

Prior to joining ONC, Captain Morton was stationed at CMS (2003-2005) where she managed the systems development component of the Doctor’s Office Quality-Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project. She was the lead technical project manager for the Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative and integral to the Vista Office EHR project. In addition to her technical expertise, Alicia has more than 9 years of full-time clinical nursing experience, during which she gained first-hand experience utilizing EHR systems. From 1999-2003, she was a Senior Clinical Research Nurse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center on a bone marrow transplant/ hematology & oncology unit. From 1994-1999 she served on active duty in the U.S. Navy stationed at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda and aboard the USNS Comfort. After completing her obligation to the US Navy she had an interservice transfer to the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She recently achieved the rank of Captain.

Alicia holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and an M.S. in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is ANCC Board Certfied in Nursing Informatics and holds a B.S. in nursing from the University of Kentucky. She is adjunct faculty and a member of the advisory board to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Graduate Informatics program.

Alicia Morton's Latest Blog Posts

Health IT Enabled Quality Improvement: A Vision for Better Health and Health Care

Alicia Morton | November 13, 2014

Today we are pleased to publish Health IT Enabled Quality Improvement: A Vision to Achieve Better Health and Health Care. This paper describes ONC’s vision for advancing the use of health IT to support transformational improvement in health care quality and value.  It invites health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in shaping the future with a renewed focus on health and care quality as the “why”

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UBT Program: Preparing the Health IT Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

Alicia Morton | May 12, 2011

The modernization of health care through information technology calls for a much larger workforce than the one we currently have that will be required to help providers and hospitals make meaningful use of health information technology (health IT) including electronic health records (EHRs).  In fact, there is a projected shortfall of approximately 51,000 qualified health IT workers over the next four years.

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