DoD / VA EHR and HIT Summit

DSI announces the 6th iteration of our DoD/VA iEHR & HIE Summit, now titled “DoD/VA EHR & HIT Summit”. This slight change in title is to help reflect our focus for this iteration on:

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


October, 2013

The Mary M. Gates Learning Center/ United Way,  Alexandria, VA.



Sessions presented at Oct 2013 iteration included:

  1. * The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary AT&L, DoD,  co-presented with Mr. Christopher Miller, PEO, DHMS provided an in depth keynote on "Meeting the Secretaries' Mandate for a seamlessly interoperable an integrated EHR System"
  2. *  VADM Matthew Nathan, USN, Surgeon General, Navy Medicine
  3. * Mr. Stephen Warren, Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology, VA
  4. * Mr. David Bowen, CIO, MHS on "Standing up a Shared Services IT organizations in the Military Health System"
  5. * COL Dave Parramore, USA, CTO, Army Medicine, providing a session on "Data Utilization and Modernization for Health IT"
  6. *Ms. Janine Groth, Director, DEERS, DMDC on patient identity management and security
  7. * Mr. Joe Paiva, SES, Chief Technology Strategist, VA discussing the IT strategy for implementing the Joint VA/DoD Interagency Care Coordination Initiative
  8. * CDR (P) Kevin Dorrance, USN,Chief, Internal Medicine, and Asst.Deputy Commander, Medical Services, WRNMMC and  CAPT (ret) Robert Marshall, CMIO, Madigan Army Medical Center who will join our PCMH focused sessions to provide  viewpoints on future initiatives in IT/IM for the PCMH construct within military health and how this model will help move from 'healthcare to health'
  9. * Ms.Terhilda Garrido, VP, HIT Transformation & Analytics, Kaiser Permanente, discussing "Big Data vs. Little Data" and its impact on clinical operations and how Kaiser approaches research
  10. Mr. Edward Wilgus, Acting Deputy Director, NITAAC with an update on NITACC’s Role in Continuing the Advancement of Health IT: How vehicles help combine efforts between HHS, VA, DoD, and other agencies
  11. Download the Agenda for full sessions

Subject matter focus for May 2014 includes:

  • The focus for this iteration of the Summit will be on broadening the context of connected health in a way that addresses areas such as analytics, workflow & improved patient engagement,  and what does that require from the IT tools that can help us get there?
  •  Innovative technologies and approaches towards leveraging IT solutions for healthcare will included perspectives from the DoD and VA and federal agencies towards their respective focus on health IT innovations in fields such as telemedicine and mobile health.
  • We will also address the respective “next steps” towards the  interoperability of EHRs between the DoD and the VA and explore 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.
  • We will also look at the new DHA from an operational perspective and, learning to standardize clinical care and broaden shared services from an IT enterprise viewpoint.
 _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLIANT:
The DoD/VA iEHR & HIE 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 iEHR & HIE Summit is open to all DoD and Federal employes and is considered a compliant education and training forum.
  • Defense Strategies Institute would like to thank several of our most recent speakers for providing the follow discussions to our delegation during our recent May, 2013 iteration:
  • 1. 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”
  • 2. LtGen Douglas Robb, USAF, Medical Corps Joint Staff Surgeon , who provided a viewpoint towards addressing the future of joint operational medicine and force health protection and readiness
  • 6. Dr. Robert Jesse, Deputy Under Secretary for Health, VA
  • 7.Barclay Butler, Director, DoD/VA IPO who presented a team panel presentation on the iEHR
  • 8.LTC(P) Nicole Kerkenbush, USA, CIO, AMEDD who participated  in an in depth Service CMIO panel discussion
  • 9.CAPT Paul Hammer, USN, in the role of Director, DCoE  who provided insight  on how IM/ IT can be used for the betterment of care towards TBI and PTSD
  • 10.CDR Tony Thorton, USN, CIO, BUMED who discussed the current status of military health IT infrastructure to meet the demand of the new DHA and  the iEHR