Alicia Morton Farlese - Health IT Regulations Expert and Government Affairs Specialist

Alicia Farlese, DNP, RN-BC

Healthcare Regulations Expert

Alicia Morton Farlese is a retired Captain/O-6, having served twenty-six years in both the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Farlese assists Quandary Peak’s clients in meeting Health IT regulations, including Information Blocking requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act.

As an ANCC board-certified informatics nurse, Dr. Farlese was a senior leader in national health IT policy and programs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (ONC & CMS) from 2003–2020.  Dr. Farlese heavily contributed to many health IT regulations, most recently those addressing the 21st Century Cures Act requirements, and implemented many of the ARRA/ HITECH ACT provisions, including overseeing the nation’s only health IT certification program.

At the HHS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farlese was a senior advisor/ subject matter expert in social determinates of health (SDoH), health IT certification, nursing/clinical informatics, quality, safety, usability, interoperability, compliance, clinical decision support, health IT workforce development, and public health response/ readiness.

Serving as a clinical nurse at both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Farlese deployed numerous times, including aboard the USNS Comfort and as a first-responder during Hurricane Katrina. She is part-time faculty at the University of KY and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Graduate Informatics program. Dr. Farlese has an active health IT consulting practice. She actively volunteers as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Lexington-Fayette County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer.  Dr. Farlese received her BSN from the University of Kentucky and both her MSN and DNP from the University of Maryland.

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