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William Morris, MD, is Staff in the Department of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, appointed in 2006. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2007.
He was named Director of Clinical Informatics in 2007, with an area of focus on implementation, optimization and innovation and promoted to Associate Chief Medical Information Officer in 2012. A prolific inventor and innovator, Dr. Morris started and currently directs the Clinical Solutions Center at Cleveland Clinic. This highly specialized team brings experts in computer science, hardware and software engineers and clinicians to develop the next generation of clinical care tools. In 2008 Dr. Morris was named Innovator of the year for his work in implementing physician order entry for Cleveland Clinic and also received Innovator awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for work around healthcare software. He is active on numerous advisory committees include medical-legal, quality and safely committees and co-chairs distance health and mHealth initiatives within the health system. He continues his clinical role as a Hospitalist within the Medicine Institute as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
hospitalist medicine, medical education, medical informatics
Innovations & Patents
United States Patent No. 6,534,262. Solid Phase Technique for Selectively Isolating Nucleic Acids. Invented and patented nucleic acid purification system. Patent founded Agencourt Bioscience, Inc., acquired by Beckman Coulter in 2005.
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As of 10/3/2015, Dr. Morris has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
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