Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DSI’s Electronic Health Records and HIE Summit

This came out last week, but you may have missed it if you were getting ready to travel for the holidays:

Military, VA and Federal Healthcare Leaders to Convene at DSI’s Electronic Health Records and HIE Summit. The Summit benefits the 501c3 nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project.

Leaders from the Military, VA, Federal Healthcare Agencies and Industry will convene October 11 - 13, 2011 in Alexandria, VA to discuss and debate the current roadmap for iEHRs and HIE. The educational and training Summit, hosted by Defense Strategies Institute and benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, is designed as a full spectrum viewpoint, and actionable takeaways and "next-steps" will drive the discussions.

Washington, DC, June 30, 2011 --( Recent advancements towards the interoperability of EHRs between the DoD and VA has created the need to bring together the leaders in healthcare from the Military, VA, Federal Healthcare Agencies, and Industry in order to discuss and debate the next-steps for today, tomorrow, and the future. “In a field such as healthcare, where there are multiple agents acting in tandem, it is extremely important that all involved are working towards a cohesive and holistic approach. While the field has seen an immense amount of ebbing and flowing, we believe that truly great advancements are on the horizon….and this is why our Senior Partners decided to lend our expertise towards creating a forum that can bring together stakeholders from across the continuum of care,” stated Lisa Madison, Director of Communications for Defense Strategies Institute.

“Our educational and training Summits offer a non-partisan, informal forum where we encourage real, actionable, discussion and debate. This is a chance for the experts in the field to really roll their sleeves up and talk about their unique and shared perspectives with their respective colleagues,” Ms. Madison further stated.

The Institute decided to add a third day to the Summit to focus on the patient centered medical home construct , believing this is truly an exemplary model for the comprehensive, coordinated, and holistic approach towards healthcare.

The Summit is broken down into 5 focus areas that generally follow the current parameters of the Secretaries’ (DoD & VA) “way forward” and include:
1. DoD & VA: Common Information Interoperability Framework
- from cloud computing to common data centers
2. Common Service Broker: ESB and Infrastructure Services
- a functional architectural approach to iEHRs, including SOAs
3. DoD & VA Mission Specific Applications and Joint Services for the
End User
- from agency unique requirements to shared services
4. Federal HIE: Designing and Deploying Federated-National HIEs
- from architecture to consumer privacy and information security in
EHR interoperability
5. Patient Centered Medical Home
- including technologies to make it successful

Some of the leading experts that will be addressing these subject matters include but are not limited to:
*Lt Gen Charles Green, USAF, Surgeon General
*Dr. Paul Tibbits, SES, Deputy CIO, Office of Strategy, Architecture, and
Design, VA
*Mr. Henry Sienkiewicz, SES, CIO, DISA
*Mr. Joe Paiva, SES, VLER ETMO Director
*CAPT David Beardsley, USN, Deputy Director, FHCC, Commanding
Officer, NHCGL
* Col Jesus Zarate, USAF, Director, Air Force Medical Service
* Mr. Verlin Hardin, CIO, BUMED
* COL John Scott, USA, CMIO, JTF CapMed
* Col Al Bonnema, USAF, CMIO, Air Force Medical Service
* Dr. Robert Walker, CMIO, European Medical Command
* CAPT Michael Weiner, USN, CMIO, Interagency Program Office
* CAPT Maureen Padden, USN, Director, Medical Home Port PMO,
* Dr. Augie Turano, Solution Architect, VA
* CDR Kevin Dorrance, USN, Assistant Deputy Commander for Medicine,
* The Honorable S. Ward Casscells, MD
* Ms. Deven McGraw, Director, Health Privacy Project, Center for
Democracy & Technology
* Mr. Joseph E. Gardner, III, Deputy Director, VA/DoD Health Information
Sharing, VHA, Office of Health Information
* Dr. Terry Newton, Senior Physician Advisor, CIO, AMEDD

Recognizing the great sacrifice that our men and women of our Military Service’s have endured, the summit will benefit the non profit 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project through the gracious support of our sponsors.

The forum is open to the public, however seating is limited. Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies Institute's website for more information or to register to attend at : or

The Summit will take place at the Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, VA.

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