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, VA and Federal Agencies” 

May 6- 7, 2014 – The Mary M. Gates Learning Center/ United Way,  Alexandria, VA.



May 2014 Sponsors


DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings. In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all. Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.


DSI welcomes several of our Confirmed speakers for May, 2014 that include:

( precise session topics of confirmed speakers listed, subject to edits)

  •  *Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, Assistant Secretary of Health Affairs, CMO (acting), Department of Homeland Security  on current and planned DHS initiatives towards creating a more effective health IT system, including priorities with data collection and dissemination and concerns such as privacy issues
  • *Dr. Paul Tibbits, SES, DCIO, Architecture, Strategy, and Design , OI&T, VA providing a viewpoint towards creating an interoperable, connected IT infrastructure  for the VA
  • *Mr. David Bowen, SES, CIO, DHA addressing Military Health IT:  Supporting Warrior Care from Recruit to Retiree
  • *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
  • *Dr. Theresa Cullen, CMIO, VHA discussing VistA Evolution along with the challenges of remote patient monitoring and how the VA is working towards improving a connected health system
  • *Mr. Robert S. Tagalicod, Director, Office of E-health Standards and Services, CMS, who will provide an operational viewpoint towards the E-health initiatives at CMS that take into account quality measures,value-based purchasing programs, and clinical standards
  • *Ms. Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, Federal Health Architecture, ONC presenting an update on standards and interoperability initiatives involving HIE at ONC
  • *Dr. Kevin Charest, Chief Information Security Officer, HHS, on cyber security considerations for HIE/ Health IT
  • *Mr. Shawn Hardenbrook,  Director, Web and Mobile Solutions, Connected Health, VHA  with a discussion on how the VA is integrating  web and mobile devices and applications into the continuum of care
  • Full Agenda and speakers 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 2013 iterations:
  • * 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"
  • *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”
  • *Dr. Robert Jesse, Deputy Under Secretary for Health, VA
  • *LtGen Douglas Robb, USAF, Director, DHA , who provided a viewpoint towards addressing the future of joint operational medicine and force health protection and readiness
  • *VADM Matthew Nathan, USN, Surgeon General, Navy Medicine
  • *Mr. Stephen Warren, Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology, VA
  • *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

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 remote patient monitoring 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
  • Learn about how to standardize clinical care and broaden shared services and interoperability from an IT enterprise viewpoint.
  • And several more timely and impactful topics. Download agenda for other session topics
 _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLIANT:
The DoD/VA EHR & 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 EHR & 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". _________________________________________________________________________________________________