Judy Murphy

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Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy
Judy Murphy is Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy at the
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and
Human Services in Washington D.C. She is a nurse, who came to the ONC in
December of 2011 with more than 25 years of health informatics experience at
Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, an integrated delivery network with 15
hospitals, 120 ambulatory centers, home health agencies and over 30,000
employees. She led the EHR program since 1995, when Aurora was one of the early
adopters of health IT. Most recently she was Vice President-EHR Applications,
and managed the organization’s successful achievement of Stage 1 EHR
Meaningful, with incentive payments beginning in September 2011.

Her informatics interests lie in system implementation methodologies, health
IT project management, automated clinical documentation, and the use of
technology to support evidence-based practice; she has published and lectured
nationally and internationally on these topics. She has a long-standing
reputation of patient advocacy and maintaining a "patient-centric" point of
view, and approaches her work with unyielding energy as well as dedication,
passion, and commitment to the healthcare transformation enabled by

Judy has been on the Health IT Standards Committee since its inception in
May 2009. On that committee, she co-chaired the Implementation Workgroup, and
was a member of the Meaningful Use Workgroup. She has also served on the
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors and the
Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors.
She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of
Medical Informatics and HIMSS. She received the 2006 HIMSS Nursing Informatics
Leadership Award, was named one of the "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better"
in 2007 by HealthLeaders magazine, and was selected as one of 33 Nursing
Informatics' Pioneers to participate in the Nursing Informatics History Project
sponsored by AMIA, NLM, AAN, and RWJF.

Judy Murphy's Latest Blog Posts

Meaningful Use Makes Lower Adverse Drug Rates A Reality

Judy Murphy | August 15, 2014

When the Health Information Technology for Economic and Digital Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, hopes were high that widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) would reduce the rate of adverse drug events in hospitals.  Advocates believed incentives that encouraged hospitals and physicians to adopt EHRs would not only encourage faster adoption, but help to improve patient health. 

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Celebrating National Nurses Week 2014

Judy Murphy | May 5, 2014

As a nurse, I am excited to kick off National Nurses Week at the ONC with this post.  Nurses have always played a special role in health care, and no year has highlighted that more than this one.  Today, nurses are found in inimitable roles throughout the health care continuum, often serving as the coordinator of care.  This is true in health IT as well – nurses are often found coordinating IT projects and playing pivotal roles in its adoption and use.

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