Senior VA, DoD, and Government Healthcare Professionals Will Gather at DSI's DoD/VA iEHR & Gov HIE Summit Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

The Summit will primarily focus on the full spectrum of the current architecture "way ahead" for iEHRs, covering topics such as the CIIF, cloud computing, ESBs, Joint and Service Unique Applications, and will feature a half day workshop on the patient centered medical home model.

Washington, DC, August 01, 2011 --( The focus areas of the educational and training Summit, which benefits the 501c3 nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project, are designed around the current roadmap for iEHRs and HIE. The Summit will begin with an opening keynote by Lt. Gen Charles B. Green, USAF, Surgeon General and will lead into morning discussions on Establishing an iEHR Common Data Center in DISA DECCs by DISA’s CIO, Mr. Henry Sienkiewicz.

Dr. Paul Tibbits, SES, Deputy CIO, Office of Strategy, Architecture, and Design for the VA will provide insight into the Common Information Interoperability Framework. Later in the morning, Service CIO’s will discuss phasing in Joint Solutions, and CAPT David Beardsley, USN, Deputy Director, FHCC, Commanding Officer, NHCGL will provide a Progress Report on the FHCC.

Other focus areas will include morning discussions on 12 OCT that will look at a Common Service Broker: ESB and Infrastructure Services. Dr. Peter Levin, CTO, VA and Dr. Douglas Rosendale of the VHA will be presenting in these morning sessions, and will be followed later by a focus on DoD & VA Mission Specific Applications and Joint Applications which will include a Service CMIO panel with members such as Col Albert Bonnema, USAF, Air Force Medical Service and COL John Scott, USA, CMIO, JTF CapMed.

Mr. Joe Paiva, SES, Executive Director, VLER, VA will then provide a progress report on the VLER. Ms. Deven McGraw, Director, Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy & Technology will also be on hand to discuss consumer privacy and information security.

"It’s going to be a very demanding three days for all in attendance! We currently have between 8-10 sessions per day, and will be covering a lot of ground work. By assembling the diverse speakers and topics, we hope to provide a truly holistic viewpoint at our Summit. 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.

"This Summit is really designed as a 3 day dialogue where real discussion and debate is encouraged between all in attendance. 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.

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. Experts such as CAPT Maureen Padden, CDR Kevin Dorrance, and Dr. Terry Newtown will help all those in attendance gain best practices and deeper understanding of the PCMH model.

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

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