DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability Conference

Press Release | Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) | August 22, 2013

Tackling the most pressing issues of EHR implementation, adoption and strategy

New York, New York August 22, 2013--The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announces the DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability scheduled for September 16-18, 2013 in Arlington, VA.

This April, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, recognizing the current state of the EHR adoption strategy, pulled the Department’s current request for proposals regarding new systems because he “didn’t think we knew what the hell we were doing”. In addition he vowed to take personal responsibility of the situation and get a new strategy in place.

With a new found focus on EHR systems, the community is poised for a restart and reset. That leaves many questions and concepts unanswered, but, it does show promise for clearer and more efficient strategy. These are big problems that need big solutions and smart thinking. Join DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability to gain knowledge on this conversion process to understand the future of electronic healthcare records.

The DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability Summit has two main conference days that cover topics such as: TATRC’s IT plans and its outlook on the status of military health IT, On the ground perspective: How EHRs are affecting the product workflow, Managing the Veteran Affairs disability claim system, and Establishing widely accepted standards for interoperability.

Speakers Include:

  • Frank Kendal, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • Lauren Thompson, MD, Director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Lieutenant William Walters, CIO, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Colonel (Ret) Elspeth Ritchie, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Mental health

To access the full agenda or to register for DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability visit

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government, and defense industries.

Katrina Savarino
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