8th DoD/VA and Gov Health IT Summit*

Held since 2011, DSI’s  Health IT Summits are a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, VA, Federal and State agencies to convene in one location along with leaders from Industry and Academia that support them. (*The Summit is neither officially endorsed or sanctioned by the Depts of VA and DoD.) Our “Town Hall” format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue amongst all in attendance. Our theme for May is:

“Developing a Connected  Health IT Ecosystem for Military and Government Health”

 MAY 13 – 14, 2015 | The Mary M. Gates Learning Center/ United Way, Alexandria, VA 



Mr. David De Vries, SES, DCIO, DoD CIO, speaking on IT Data Infrastructure to Support Military Health and the impact of JIE implementation

RDML Bruce Gillingham, USN, Commander, Navy Medicine West


Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim Under Secretary for Health, VA discussing “My VA”, and using technology innovations to improve patient care and enhance a connected healthcare system

Mr. Brian Burns, SES, Deputy Director DoD/VA IPO on improving health IT systems and patient care through implementing an effective technology infrastructure


Dr. Michael James McCoy, CHIO, ONC for Health IT, HHS providing a perspective and strategy towards an interoperable health IT ecosystem for the Nation

Mr. Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer, The Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) CMS, HHS discussing innovative ways in which Big-Data techniques are being used to generate actionable information from CMS Data

Also Including:
COL Daniel Kral, USA, Director, TATRC
Col Thomas Cantilina, USAF, Commander, 779th Medical Group
Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Deputy Chief, Patient Care Services Officer, Acting Chief Consultant for Telehealth, VHA
Mr. Bakul Patel, Associate Director for Digital Health, FDA
Mr. Robert Anthony, Deputy Director for the Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group, CMS
Dr. Robert Klobucar, Deputy Director, Office of Rural Health, VHA


View Agenda for all sessions and speakers


DSI would like to thank several of our recent speakers who addressed the following topics at our past Summits:

Dr. Karen Guice, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, who addressed the topic of creating a more globally integrated health system for the DoD

LtGen Douglas Robb, USAF, Director, DHA, who provided a viewpoint towards addressing the future of joint operational medicine and force health protection and readiness

Mr. David Bowen, SES, CIO, DHA addressed 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

Ms. Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, Federal Health Architecture, ONC presented an update on standards and interoperability initiatives involving HIE at ONC

RADM Forrest Faison, USN, Deputy Surgeon General, Navy Medicine, providing a clinical and operational perspective towards understanding the changing landscape of patient engagement and where and when health IT can be best utilized

COL Scott Svabek, USA, Acting Director, Procurement, DHA, talked about contracting shared services and integrating operations and establishing standardized business processes across DHA

Mr. Steve Schliesman, SES, Asst. DCIO, IT Project Management and Product Development, OI&T, VA

Dr. Theresa Cullen, CMIO, VHA who discussed VistA Evolution along with the challenges of remote patient monitoring



To learn more about how your organization can participate in the Summit, download our Sponsorship Prospectus Here or call us at 917.435.1266.


1.What should an interoperable health IT ecosystem really consist of and be able to achieve?

2.How do you pull the IT Infrastructure together at this point for an improved health IT ecosystem for Military Health, and what are all the ‘moving parts’ that are involved?

3.Enhancing the use of “third platform” technologies for improved patient engagement

4. Tackling the demand for big data and analytics capabilities in an effective and efficient manner

5. Telehealth, and improving care coordination for remote patients in the VA

6. Cloud computing / virtualization, and cyber security considerations

7.Capturing and connecting the purchased care component

8.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

9. Update on contracting and acquisition priorities in the VA, DoD, and HHS



  • Held since 2011, DSI’s  Health IT Summits are a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, VA, Federal and State agencies to convene in one location along with leaders from Industry and Academia that support them. Our “Town Hall” format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue amongst all in attendance.
  • By keeping our forum off-the record and non-attribution, we allow for a level of stream of consciousness and shared ideas and thoughts to flow freely. Our agendas cover the most current priorities for our Military and Government health IT communities, and strive to achieve actionable takeaways for all in attendance.
  • We limit our attendance size to around 250 persons in order to allow everyone a chance to actively participate and to mix and mingle with each other easily over the two days we are together. However, due to our choice to limit seating, every iteration does sell out in advance, so we encourage you to explore our site  more, give us a call if you have any questions, and we hope to welcome you in May!




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! Our  “Town Hall” forum allows for all in attendance to actively participate in the discussions. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive, off the record, non-attribution sessions


Voluntary Operating Guidance:

The DoD/VA & Gov HIT Summit voluntarily complies with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Counsel, Standards of Conduct Office:
1. Currently, SOCO advisory 14.01: 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
2. 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.
3. The DoD/VA & Gov HIT Summit is open to all DoD and Federal employes
4. 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”.
* This Summit is not officially sanctioned or endorsed by the Department of VA or DoD




Advisory Board

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.