As the chief information officer for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS), Tim Morris works with PHII team members and a cross-disciplinary project team on the implementation of informatics strategy and solutions for the CHAMPS project. Prior to joining the Task Force and PHII, he served as the director for research informatics for the Library and Information Technology Services Division (LITS) at Emory University. During his tenure at LITS, he led a multi-disciplinary team to implement enterprise initiatives in support of the research mission across Emory University. He provided technical direction on projects in several functional domains including laboratory information management and research specimen banking, research administration systems, library software development, faculty profiling, and search and clinical research support systems.
Tim joined Emory University in 2008 after 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He began his career as a laboratory scientist at the CDC and later leveraged his background in science to lead the development of several public health applications including the Outbreak Management System (OMS), LRN Results Messenger and Arbonet system. After being named acting director of the Division of Informatics Shared Services in the National Center for Public Health Informatics at CDC in 2005, he directed the implementation of standards-based enterprise systems for alerting and communication, terminology services and secure reliable messaging. In this role, his work with the standards community expanded to include work with standards organizations or entities including Health Level Seven (HL7), the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). His efforts before leaving the CDC were focused on the implementation of vocabulary services architecture for the distribution and use of common vocabulary and value sets in applications and standards based messaging across the Public Health Information Network (PHIN).