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 Agenda and Speakers


DSI Welcomes the Summit’s DoD  and VA Keynote Speakers:

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

Dr. Robert Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, VA


Several NEW speakers joining us at our Summit, include:

DoD: 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, talking about contracting shared services and integrating operations and establishing standardized business processes across DHA

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

Dr. Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services, VHA discussing the clinical, technical, and business underpinnings to successfully implement and sustain enterprise-wide telehealth-based services

Mr. Patrick Littlefield, Acting Director, VA Center for Innovation, VA providing a discussion on current interests and priorities in  health IT innovation at the VA

HHS: Mr. Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, HHS, on HHS’ open data initiative and current priorities  with ‘big data’ towards health IT innovation

Mr. Steven Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, ONC whose discussion will include the topic of establishing and implementing standards necessary for nationwide HIE

State Level: Mr. David Whitlinger, Executive Director, New York eHealth Collaborative, sharing how NY State (with close to 1 million Veteran residents, and DoD and HHS facilities)  is working towards linking their regional HIEs into an interconnected EHR system (The Statewide Health Information Network of New York – SHIN-NY)

Full Agenda and Speakers coming soon!


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:

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”

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

Dr. Robert Jesse, (in the role of) Deputy Under Secretary for Health, VA

Mr. Stephen Warren, Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology, VA

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

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

Dr. Kevin Charest, CISO, HHS, discussed cyber security considerations for HIE/ Health IT


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. Big Data for evidence-supported decisions to improve healthcare

2. Shared health services within DHA

3. Capturing and connecting the purchased care component

4. Standardizing health data

5. Telehealth and Mobile health technologies

6. Implementing predictive analytics in a meaningful way

7 .State RHIOs:Public and private collaboration health IT

8. ACOs

9. Improving patient engagement, and what does that require from the IT tools that can help us get there?

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:
1. 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
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 and is considered a compliant education and training forum.

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 Veterans Affairs







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