Genevieve Morris, stepped down from her role as chief health information officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, just one month after moving into the position.
In her resignation email, which was obtained by Politico, she mentioned VA leadership as the reason of her departure. She said that over the last couple of weeks, it became clear to her that VA’s leadership intended to take the EHR modernization efforts in a different direction.
President Donald Trump fired Former VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD in March. OEHRM Chief Medical Officer Ash Zenooz, MD announced her resignation, which will go into effect September 4.
Morris’ email highlights continued concerns about VA leadership and the influence of what’s called the ‘Mar-A-Lago Council.’ Trump’s three friends have been influencing policies, decisions and personnel changes at the agency.
Trump administration was sued by the Veterans’ advocacy group VoteVets and Democracy Forward sued on August 20 to put an end to it.
Congress has aired concerns in several committee meetings, but VA officials have stressed the project will follow the DoD rollout. So, the House formed a committee in July to make sure the VA Cerner EHR modernization stays on track.