VA, DoD and Federal Leaders to Discuss What “Being Successful” Looks Like for an iEHR and Federal, State, and Local HIEs

On May 14- 15, 2012, at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA, Defense Strategies Institute will bring together stakeholders across the VA, DoD, Federal, Academic, and Private Sector to discuss and debate some of the most challenging subjects involved in successfully deploying an iEHR and interoperable HIEs in an efficient and effective manner.

Washington, DC, April 26, 2012 --( Some of the subjects and speakers leading the discussions include:
*BG W. Bryan Gamble, USA, Deputy Director, TRICARE who will share his insight and knowledge towards how the future of TRICARE will interact with federal, state, and local HIEs.
* 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. Mark Goodge, CTO, MHS who will help bring guidance on being successful with transitioning from legacy systems to a modern platform
* 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

“Almost all stakeholders in this field have a general understanding and working knowledge of the current governance structures and architectural roadmaps moving forward. We feel there is now a need to really look at how are we defining what 'success' will mean for both the provider and the patient in these endeavors. Our educational and training Summits offer a non-partisan, informal forum where we encourage real, actionable, discussion and debate, and this is a chance for the experts in the field to really role their sleeves up and talk about their unique and shared perspectives with their respective colleagues,” stated Ms. Madison, Director of Communications for DSI. The Summit benefits the non profit 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project through DSI’s charitable donations to the WWP.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies’ Institute website at for more information or directly to the Summit site at
Defense Strategies Institute
Lisa Madison