DoD, VA, and Federal Healthcare Leaders to Discuss iEHR Progression and Important Strategies for Successful Data Sharing and Interoperability

Press Release | Defense Strategies Institute | March 22, 2012

The recent efforts of the DoD and VA’s towards progressing an iEHR, along with further steps towards a VLER and a national HIE has created the need to bring together thought leaders and experts in this space to discuss and debate how all can achieve success in their respective arenas. However, what “success” means for each, and how the industry experts helping them achieve these goals remains a pressing and challenging question to answer.

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) brought together senior leadership in October 2011 to look at the iEHR architectural roadmap that was released last spring, and now they are answering the call of “How to achieve success across domain data sharing and the iEHR while working towards clinically relevant, technically feasible, and financially viable innovations.” On May 14- 15, 2012, at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA, DSI will bring together those working the issues most challenging subjects such as:

  • Understanding DoD/VA IPO Governance
  • Being Successful with Analytics in Healthcare
  • Innovation at the Edge: Success in Mobile Healthcare
  • Being Successful with Transitioning from Legacy Systems to a Modern Platform
  • Being Successful with Open Source
  • Business Operations of the iEHR and the IPO
  • Being Successful with Data Sharing Between Federal /State/National and Commercial Entities
  • VLER Governance: How iEHRs fit into the VLER
  • Being Successful with Identity Management and Security: What will it take for Industry to adapt effectively and efficiently?

A preview of their agenda includes confirmed session from speakers such as:

  • Dr. Karen S. Guice, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs addressing: Being successful in developing, maintaining, and facilitating a sound and integrated enterprise infrastructure for Health IT, along with what the future may hold for Military Healthcare Operations
  • Mr. David Muntz, Deputy National Coordinator for HIT, ONC who will bring insight towards achieving success within the federal space along with successful strategies for how the iEHR will interact with federal HIEs
  • Mr. Mike O’Neill (SES), Senior Advisor, Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) speaking on what it takes to achieve operational success with new innovation in the VA
  • Mr. Patrick L. Sullivan (SES), Director, The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center speaking on the progress of the FHCC and what success really looks like for the provider and the patient
  • Mr. Joe Paiva, (SES), Executive Director, VLER bringing the insight towards governance and how the iEHR will integrate with a VLER
  • Mr. Mark Goodge, CTO, MHS who will discuss being successful with transitioning from legacy systems to a modern platform
  • COL Ronald Poropatich, USA, TATRC who will help all understand how to be successful with Mobile Health

“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 as of late, 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 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.

Defense Strategies Institute, a new organization on the scene, has raised the bar for convening public Summits such as their upcoming May gathering. Their strategy of really focusing on the most pressing, and often difficult subject matter, brings true value to all. DSI also has broken the mold of traditional “Summit/Conference Organizations.” Recognizing the great sacrifice that our men and women of our Military Services have endured, their summits benefit the non profit 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project through their personal financial donations to the WWP.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies’ Institute website at for more information.

Contact Information
Defense Strategies Institute
Lisa Madison