Wednesday, January 15, 2020
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

 

Few industries have undergone as much rapid change as health IT. Now, there are many successes, as well as challenges, in transformation. For healthcare CXOs, the progress is a balancing act of supporting existing programs and prioritizing future ones, while maintaining a vision for the health IT of the future – and always assessing the path to get there. This panel will give insight into the reflections and priorities of senior government IT leaders.

Potential topics include:

  • How policies, workforces and technology are guiding and adapting to transformative change and the critical programs that are driving transformation
  • Transformation successes to date, and the secrets to their success
  • Next-step issues to ensure future success
  • Where will transformation in health IT take us in 5 or 10 years?

Panelist

  • Thomas Patrick Flanders (Invited), Chief Information Officer, DHA

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its 16 strategic initiatives to guide the agency’s priorities. A small sampling includes transforming core programs; improving the transparency, portability and security of data; and giving better heathcare access to those in rural areas. In this session, our expert panelists will discuss how CMS is transforming health IT today to meet the needs of tomorrow.

Potential topics include:

  • Improvements in electronic health records
  • Meeting beneficiaries’ online expectations
  • Developments in telehealth
  • Using data analysis to battle opioid overuse and abuse

Panelists

  • Jeffrey D. Grant, Deputy Director for Operations, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS

  • Julie Boughn (Invited), Director of Data and Systems Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS

  • Moderator: Col. Bobby Saxon, USA Retired, Acting Director for Emergency Preparedness & Response Operations, CMS

 

Just a few years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was thought of as futuristic. Now, it is the epicenter of almost every modernization initiative, driving precision customer experiences with a focus on user-controlled data and automatically generated content. Join us in this session to explore and understand the impact that AI and digital platforms are having on health IT operations.

Potential topics include:

  • How AI is used to optimize the multi-channel customer journey
  • Integrating AI into digital platforms, such as business process management systems, to improve operations
  • Improving health outcomes with AI

Panelist

  • Dr. Les Folio, Lead Radiologist for Computerized Tomography, NIH
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

 

Suzette Kent (invited), Federal CIO, OMB

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

The fast pace of technical innovation has forced changes in federal acquisition trends and strategies. In an effort to keep up and field technologies before they become obsolete, federal leaders often have to get creative in meeting health IT needs within the confines of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This panel will provide information on best practices in federal health IT acquisitions.

Potential topics include:

  • Is the current FAR relevant to today’s acquisition needs?
  • What are the best ways to work within the FAR?
  • What flexibilities are available for different approaches?
  • What policy changes need to happen to address future health IT acquisitions?

Panelists

  • Melissa Starinsky, Director of Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition and Grant Management, CMS
  • Bridget Gauer, Director, NITAAC, NIH
  • Laura Stanton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, GSA
     
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

 

In patient-centered care, patients are partners with their healthcare providers and providers go beyond clinical care in treating the whole person. Patient-centered care encourages active collaboration and shared decision-making to design and manage a comprehensive care plan. Technological advancements have improved patient access to resources, but the landscape is still turbulent. This session seeks to highlight these advancements through the lens of use cases across government. Our panel of experts will outline key policy objectives and programmatic changes needed to improve the patient experience and give them more control over their healthcare.

Potential topics include:

  • Use cases with key technologies that enable better and broader access
  • Policy challenges and opportunities in improving patient-centered access
  • Future investments in tools and skillsets to support patient-centered care

 

The Defense Health Agency (DHA), with its oversight of the TRICARE military health program, is one of the largest health management systems in the world. In recent years, it has been awash in change in everything from electronic health records to data analytics to improving wireless networks in all of its facilities. In this session, DHA leaders will discuss lessons learned in transformation.

Potential topics include:

  • National Defense Authorization Act requirements for transformation
  • Transformation activities to date
  • Vision for transformative change in the near- and long-term

Panelists

  • Thomas Patrick Flanders (Invited), Chief Information Officer, DHA
  • Col. Thomas Cantilina, Military Health System's Chief Health Informatics Officer and Deputy MHS EHR Functional Champion, DHA
  • Tom Hines (Invited), Chief Architect for Networks and Security, DHA
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
8:40 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

 

With 170 medical centers and more than a thousand outpatient facilities, transforming programs and outcomes at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an enormous undertaking. Yet, VA leaders are shepharding in transformation through initiatives such as Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM), Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT), the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program, the Mission Act, and the Caregiver Act. In this session, agency leaders will provide insights and lessons learned from the Office of Information and Technology, heathcare and benefits.

Potential topics include:

  • Updates on current transformation activities
  • Transformation activities to date
  • Vision for future transformation

Panelist

  • Dr. Ryan Vega, Executive Director of VHA Innovation Ecosystem, VA

 

Healthcare is being transformed for the better with the proliferation of digital services and emerging technologies. Providers give better care, operations run more smoothly, and patients have an overall better experience. But the introduction of more technology expands the landscape for cyber threats. No organization is immune from the constant threat of cyber attacks. In this session, our panelists will discuss lessons learned for becoming offensive in the battle for cybersecurity and the latest trends in keeping up with evolving threats.

Potential topics include:

  • Steps agencies are taking to make sure emerging tech is secure
  • How effective is the Zero Trust model for health IT?
  • How government programs such as Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation are helping
  • The best tools and practices for securing electronic health records, medical devices and hospital networks

Panelist

  • Jothi Dugar, CISO, NIH CIT
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

 

As one of the largest federal cabinet departments, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is an unlikely place to lead in innovation—yet, it has transformed into a testbed for use cases in technologies ranging from blockchain to artificial intelligence. HHS’s Ignite Accelerator serves as an internal innovation startup to improve department operations. In this session, an HHS panel of innovators will discuss groundbreaking use cases of collaboration across agency and industry lines.

Potential topics include:

  • Sharing data and research to advance critical health initiatives
  • Creating public-private working groups that can meet transformational challenges
  • Best practices in coordinating and collabortating across multiple channels
  • Lessons learned in fielding emerging technologies

Panelists

  • Chris Chilbert, Chief Information Officer, Office of Inspector General, HHS

  • Vid Desai, Chief Technology Officer, FDA, HHS

  • Oki Mek, Senior Advisor to the CIO, HHS

 

For at least 10 years, the Federal Health community has sought to realize the promise of analytics’ ability to improve nearly every aspect of mission and back-office needs. While considerable ground has been gained, it’s unlikely that a data scientist would declare the job done. In this session, our panel will take stock of the progress made and objectives yet to be achieved.

Potential topics include:

  • Transforming from data surveillance for deeper programmatic and operational insights
  • Improving health outcomes with data analytics
  • How predictive analytics is helping federal healthcare agencies
  • The role of data analytics platforms in helping research institutions keep in front of the exponential growth in genomics and life sciences data
  • Using machine learning and AI for proactive analysis and data insight

 

Panelists

  • Col. Thomas Cantilina, Military Health System's Chief Health Informatics Officer and Deputy MHS EHR Functional Champion, DHA

  • Kshemendra Paul, Executive Director for Data Governance and Analytics at OEI and Chief Data Officer, VA

  • Allison Oelschaeger, Chief Data Officer and Director of the Office of Enterprise Data & Analytics, CMS

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM