Tuesday, January 29, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Recent advances in health IT have touched nearly every aspect of healthcare organizations, from the delivery of patient care to oversight of operations. But the pace of innovation, while exhilarating, raises a number of questions for healthcare CXOs—questions around budgets, policies and change management. This panel will provide the CXO perspective on pain-points, promising innovations and operational realities.
Potential topics include: 
  • Deciding types of solutions are most likely to deliver the most value 
  • Reassessing existing policies in light of the new capabilities and processes associated with innovative solutions
  • Integrating new solutions into an organization’s existing operations and workflows


  • Adriane Burton, Chief Information Officer, HRSA
  • Andrea Norris, Chief Information Officer, NIH
  • Todd Simpson, Chief Product Officer, HHS
  • Charles Worthington, Chief Technology Officer, VA
  • Moderator, Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Network
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
The Department of Veteran Affairs is taking an enterprise approach to the cloud, looking to leverage its capabilities across the department to improve its IT operations. This session will examine the VA's Cloud Smart approach and how that will translate into better services to veterans.
Potential topics include:
  • Weighing the benefits of public/private/hybrid cloud models
  • Solving the legacy systems dilemma
  • Understanding the policy, security and implementation issues related to cloud
  • Dave Catanoso, Director of Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, VA 
  • Dr. Alan Constantian, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Account Manager for Clinical Health, VA
  • Dr. Aaron Drew, Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect, VA
  • Joe Fourcade, Informatin Technology Specialist, VA 
  • Moderator: Dr. Paul Tibbits, Office of Information and Technology EHRM Integration- Supporting VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, VA

The increasing adoption of cloud, mobility, analytics, and related technologies have made it easier than ever for healthcare organizations to make data readily available to healthcare providers and other employees whenever and wherever they need it. Such advances, however, have also increased the complexity of securing that data. This session will discuss emerging best practices in health data security.

Potential topics include: 

  • Securely interoperating with external stakeholders and organizations
  • Balancing security requirements with concerns about the user experience
  • Navigation the introduction of cutting edge technologies (e.g., blockchain)


  • Conrad Bovell, Director, Division of Information Systems Security, Office of Financial Management, CMS
  • Rob Collins, Chief Information Security Officer, SSA
  • Paul Cunningham, Chief Information Security Officer, VA
  • Craig Taylor, Acting Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, FDA
  • Janet Vogel, Chief Information Security Officer (Acting), HHS
  • Moderator: Servio Medina, Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Oversight, Governance, and Strategy, DHA
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Sooner or later, innovation in health IT comes down questions around acquisition—everything from understanding prevalent and emerging trends in federal contracting and forthcoming changes in acquisition processes and vehicles to striking the right balance between full-and-open and set-aside contracting. This session will bring together federal acquisition experts to discuss this intersection of health IT and acquisition strategies. 
Potential topics include:
  • How health IT requirements and acquisition strategies might evolve during the next two years
  • The benefits of a consolidated approach to category management for key IT products
  • How agencies are tracking and enforcing compliance with small business goals


  • Tina Burnette, Executive Director for Acquisition Planning and Category Management, VA 
  • Lyandra Emmanuel, Group Director of Information Technology Contracts, CMS
  • Lori Ruderman, Buy Smarter Initiative Lead, Senior Advisor, HHS-PSC
  • Cameron Hernandez, Branch Chief, Program Support Branch, HHS
  • Moderator, Aaron Boyd, GovExec
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HHS is a complex department comprised of multiple agencies focused on major issues. While these agencies often operate independently, they also must work together to carry out HHS’ broader mission. This session will examine the technologies, policies and best practices that HHS is leveraging to enhance collaboration, communications and data sharing for better health outcomes.


Potential topics include: 

  • The key initiatives are driving the need for cross-agency collaboration
  • Next-gen modernization strategies that can help overcome traditional barriers to collaboration
  • Best practices around tech-driven shared services to address modernization goals for HHS
  • Stacie Alboum, Deputy Director, NIH Center for Information Technology, NIH
  • Adriane Burton, Chief Information Officer, HRSA 
  • Jon Cordova, Executive Director - IT Modernization, HHS
  • Moderator: Shannon Sartin, Executive Director of Digital Service, HHS


Many healthcare organizations find that their ability to adopt innovative solutions is limited by outdated systems and processes that are difficult to adapt in response to changing requirements. This session will discuss tools and tactics that can serve as the building blocks for a new generation of health IT services.
Potential topics include: 
  • Leveraging use-cases to drive the adoption of new technologies
  • Deciding the next steps in investment and proof of concepts
  • Understanding how the types of investments and resources required to support the adoption of innovative solutions
  • Todd Couts, Director, Division Application Design & Development, CMMI, CMS
  • Steven Hubbard, Deputy Director, Innovation Lab, FDA
  • Dr. Helga Rippen, Deputy Director for the Interagency Program Office, VA
  • Ron Yeaw, Deputy Director, mHIC, US Army MRMC-TATRC
  • Moderator: Marcy Jacobs, Executive Director, Digital Service, VA
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Keita Franklin, LCSW, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention, VA
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ripped from the Headlines
  • Jose Arrieta, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, HHS
  • Ritu Agarwal, Distinguished University Professor, UMD
  • Jenni Main, Chief Operating Officer & Acting Chief Financial Officer, CMS
  • Drew Myklegard, Executive Director Project Special Forces, VA
  • Moderator: Chris Dorobek, GovLoop
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is playing a critical role in strengthening the quality and efficiency of healthcare services. This session will look at how CMS and its components are leveraging IT to tackle major issues in the nation's healthcare system, with a special focus on driving more value through the better use of data.
Potential topics include: 
  • Reducing the paperwork burden for providers
  • Using data to improve patient outcomes
  • Julie Boughn, Director, Data and Systems Group, CMS
  • Bobby Saxon, Chief Technology Officer, CCIIO
  • Brent Weaver, Director of Systems Implementation, CMS
Analytic solutions have the potential to improve nearly every aspect of healthcare operations, from the acquisition and management of resources to the delivery of patient care. But analytics is more than a technology—it’s a discipline. This session will explore best practices and emerging strategies for leveraging the power of analytic tools and techniques to drive measurable improvements in the healthcare environment.
Potential topics include: 
  • The common challenges--and potential solutions--for fostering broader adoption of analytic tools 
  • The role of predictive analytics in helping federal healthcare agencies get deeper insights into their program and operation and to deliver better outcomes 
  • The role of data management and analytic platforms in helping research institutions keep in front of the exponential growth in genomics and life sciences data.


  • COL John Scott, Data Manager, DHA
  • Dr. Melissa Glynn, Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration, VA
  • Jude Soundararajan, Executive Director - Health IT, SSA
  • Ray Wedgeworth, Moderator, Director, Data Analytics and Systems Group, Center for Program Integrity, CMS
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:50 AM
Healthcare organizations looking to make significant gains in the performance and efficiency of their operations won’t get there using old technology. Fortunately, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation and other emerging technologies make it possible to automate operations in new, more intelligent ways. This session will explore this new frontier.
Potential topics include: 
  • The latest use-cases for AI and machine learning in the federal government 
  • Best practices for improving the quality of data--and thus improve the quality of insights 
  • Strategies for helping clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders learn to trust the insights provided by AI and machine learning 
  • Dr. Les Folio, Senior Research Physician, NIH
  • Christen Geiler, Management Analyst, HHS
  • Oki Mek, Chief Product Officer - Division of Acquisition, HHS

Like many healthcare organizations, the Defense Health Agency is looking to technology both to improve the efficiency of its services and the quality of its care. Its task is especially challenging because of the size of complexity of the DoD health environment, which provides services to more than 9.4 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families. This session will discuss how DHA is rising to the challenge.


Potenital topics include: 

  • Recent DHA initiatives around modernization and data interoperability 
  • The latest approach to improving the cybersecurity of DoD Health networks, systems and data
  • The ramifications of new force structures within DHA/MHS 



  • Colonel Beverly Beavers, Infrastructure and Operations Division Chief, DHA 
  • Jeff Eyink, Assessment and Authorization Branch Chief, DHA
  • Colonel Rich Wilson, Chief, Solutions Delivery Division, DHA
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM