Jon Morris, M.D
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, WellStar Health System
Jonathan Morris, MD, FACEP, MBA graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and attended post-graduate training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has practiced as an emergency department physician since 1980, joining the staff of WellStar Kennestone Hospital (now renamed as Kennestone Regional Medical Center) in 1986.
Dr. Morris began working in an escalating consultative role with WellStar Information Technology in 2005, returning to school and receiving an MBA in 2006. Dr. Morris became WellStar’s first Chief Medical Information Officer in July 2009, working with operations to develop and implement information technology solutions across the five-hospital system based in Marietta, Georgia while continuing to practice Emergency Medicine at Kennestone Regional Medical Center.
In April 2011 Dr. Morris began work as WellStar Health System’s interim Chief Information Officer, assuming the permanent role in December 2011. Since that time he has worked with senior leadership to facilitate a comprehensive strategic realignment of WellStar’s Information Technology Department with the goal of developing a transparent, accountable and service-oriented culture.
Dr. Morris worked with WellStar’s senior leadership to implement system-level IT governance and as a result of this collaboration, WellStar Information Technology published a strategic IT roadmap in May 2012, defining nineteen Vital Initiatives to better focus both system and Information Technology resources with the goal of successful, on-time implementations.
WellStar’s Information Technology accomplishments since March 2011 include:
• Migration to new primary and secondary data centers
• Achieving Stage One Meaningful Use; Stage Two attestation in progress
• Multiple information security initiatives including identity management
• Implementation of Lawson ERP
• Transition of multiple diverse legacy revenue management, ambulatory and acute care clinical applications to Epic EHR.