Defense Strategies Institute’s 17th Annual DoD/VA & GOV Health IT Summit

Defense Strategies Institute is proud to announce the DoD/VA & GOV Health IT Summit occurring October 16th & 17th, at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia. DSI designed this year’s summit to focus on the theme of “Delivering Modern, Secure Health IT for Military & Government.”

Hoboken, NJ, August 09, 2019 --( The objective of this 17th iteration is to detail the various efforts being undertaken across the Federal Government, Military Services, and industry to deliver a collaborative, efficient, & secure healthcare system. A healthcare system that ensures Warfighter readiness, improves delivery & quality of care to our nation’s Veterans, and lowers the overall cost of providing this specialized healthcare.

DSI’s team specializes in extensive research and development of the summit’s content and focus areas, and always assembles the most respected minds in the Health Information Technology communities.

2019 Confirmed Speakers Include:
Thomas McCaffery, SES, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
MG Ronald J. Place, USA, MD, Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate, Defense Health Agency
Maj Gen Lee E. Payne, USAF, M.D., Assistant Director for Combat Support | MHS EHR Functional Champion, Defense Health Agency
Joseph Ronzio, Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer, Veterans Health Administration
Surafeal Asgedom, SES, Chief Officer/Executive Director Modernization, OEI, VA
John Tenaglia, SES, Head of Contracting Activity (HCA), Defense Health Agency
Ruby B. Harvey, SES, Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), VA
Honorable Dr. Jim Peake, Senior VP, CGI Federal, Former Secretary of the VA
James Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, CIO, OI&T, VA (Tentative Pending Final Schedule)

Topics will include:
- Prioritizing VA OIT infrastructure modernization efforts to improve veteran service
- Aiding in the integration of MHS Genesis for high-quality healthcare delivery throughout the DoD
- Leading VA EHR modernization implementation and deployment efforts to provide ease of care to veterans
- Guiding the VA’s contracting activity in support of major health IT programs
- Current efforts to transform the delivery of healthcare and effective data sharing through a modernized EHR for veterans
- Delivering a modernized MHS that enables a medically ready joint force
- Enhancing the nation’s health IT infrastructure through the supplying of critical information that is accessible at the point of need
- Monitoring the development, deployment, and sustainability of MHS Genesis to deliver modernized, high-quality health services
- Delivering a modernized MHS that enables a medically ready Joint Force
- Providing high-quality healthcare through enhanced multi-service market military treatment facilities
- Ensuring high-quality health IT access for all clinical staff within Army medicine
- Implementing ways to improve patient safety by securing medical devices in the health care system from cyber-attacks and breaches

Seating is limited –

To allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speakers and attendees, seating will be limited. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government, and state personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the DoD/VA & GOV Health IT Summit can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

Anyone interested in learning more can contact Christopher Elliott at, 201-672-8745.

Summit is closed to Press/No Recordings
Defense Strategies Institute
Christopher Elliott