7th DoD / VA  and Gov HIT Summit

“Leveraging IT solutions to Broaden the Context of  Connected Health in the DoD, VA and Federal Agencies” 

October 14 – 15, 2014 |The Mary M. Gates Learning Center/ United Way,  Alexandria, VA.




October 2014 Speakers and Agenda Coming Soon.

  1. Defense Strategies Institute would like to thank several of our most recent speakers for providing the follow discussions to our delegation during our recent Summits:
  1. • * The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary AT&L, DoD, provided an in depth keynote on "Meeting the Secretaries' Mandate for a seamlessly interoperable an integrated EHR System"
  2. •*Dr. Karen Guice, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, who discussed “Building a New Governance Structure for The Military Health Care System: The current status of the proposed DHA structure”
  3. •*LtGen Douglas Robb, USAF, Director, DHA , who provided a viewpoint towards addressing the future of joint operational medicine and force health protection and readiness
  4. •*Dr. Robert Jesse, (in the role of) Deputy Under Secretary for Health, VA
  5. •*Mr. Stephen Warren, Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology, VA
  6. •*Dr. Paul Tibbits, SES, DCIO, Architecture, Strategy, and Design , OI&T, VA provided a discussion towards creating an interoperable, connected IT infrastructure for the VA
  7. •*Mr. David Bowen, SES, CIO, DHA addressed Military Health IT: Supporting Warrior Care from Recruit to Retiree
  8. •*Mr. Christopher Miller, SES, PEO, DHMS, on implementing an EHR System that goes beyond just sharing data to using data to improve decision making and the quality of clinical care
  9. •*Ms. Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, Federal Health Architecture, ONC presented an update on standards and interoperability initiatives involving HIE at ONC
  10. •*Dr. Kevin Charest, CISO, HHS, discussed cyber security considerations for HIE/ Health IT
  11. *Mr. Robert S. Tagalicod, Director, Office of E-health Standards and Services, CMS,on an operational viewpoint towards the E-health initiatives at CMS that take into account quality measures,value-based purchasing programs, and clinical standards

Subject matter focus for October 2014 will include:

  • The focus for this iteration of the Summit will be on broadening the context of connected health within the DoD, VA, and Federal Agencies . Specific topic areas will include:
  1. 1. Big Data for evidence-supported decisions to improve healthcare
  2. 2. Shared health services within DHA
  3. 3. Capturing and connecting the purchased care component
  4. 4. Standardizing health data
  5. 5. Telehealth and Mobile health technologies
  6. 6. Implementing predictive analytics in a meaningful way
  7. 7 .State RHIOs:Public and private collaboration health IT
  8. 8. ACOs
  9. 9. Improving patient engagement, and what does that require from the IT tools that can help us get there?
  10. 10. EHRs will be approached with topics such as external connectivity (connecting to purchased care components, outside hospitals and providers…), data access management, clinical and non-clinical requirements, governance, and consolidating and reducing redundancies
 _____________________________________________________________________________________ At our Summit you will have the ability to:

Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the health IT community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies to effectively and efficiently transform healthcare.

 Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments and will receive a pre-Summit questionnaire for precise questions and subject matters you would like our speakers to address.


The DoD/VA & Gov HIT Summit is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Council, Standards of Conduct Office:
*Currently, SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards
*Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: currently 5 CFR part 2635 and 31 U.S.C. 1353 as it pertains to OGE Standards.
*The DoD/VA & Gov HIT Summit is open to all DoD and Federal employes and is considered a compliant education and training forum.
*The Summit meets compliance with recent DCMO memo dated Nov 6, 2013 "Dod Conference Guidance 2.0". Under this issuance, the Summit fall under line #18, "NO-COST to the DOD". _____________________________________________________________________________________________