Emerging Federal Health IT Acquisition Strategy | National Capital Area of HIMSS

Oct 20, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Key Bridge Marriott | 1401 Lee Highway | Arlington, Virginia 22209
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Communication is key to successful collaborations, partnerships and acquisition outcomes. Government and Industry have both acknowledged this fact and efforts are underway amongst the Federal Health IT Acquisition Offices to create more open dialogue, demystify their Agencies expectations and clarify their needs. There is still much work to be done. This Program will feature notable Federal contracting professionals who will help our members delve deeper into the challenges facing both government and industry in their efforts to improve communication during time sensitive acquisitions. There will be candid and open dialogue between government and industry as we explore best practices for breaking down the challenges and barriers to achieving mission success.

Discussion topics include:

  •  What are the opportunities for communication between government and industry within their respective Federal Health Agencies?
  •  When and how often should they occur?
  •  What information can be shared/not shared within the conversation?
  •  What are the presenting Federal Health Agencies doing to improve communications with industry?
  •  How are they training their staff (program and contracts) about the related Federal guidance?
  •  What related organizational changes are underway to handle the related demands as industry and government seek more procurement transparency?
  •  What regulations/guidelines influence communication?


  • Mr. Joseph Mirrow, Director, Defense Health Agency Office of procurement Management Committee/Component Acquisition Executive (Invited)
  • Mr. Johnston Williamson, Director, Technology Acquisition Center (TAC), Program Advisory Office at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Confirmed)
  • Ms. Sherry Solodkova, Branch Chief, Systems Technology Acquisitions Branch, Division of IT Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (Confirmed)


  • Antoinette William, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Williams Consulting LLC
  • Laura Bennett, Director, Healthcare Solutions, Ventech Solutions

This program is approved for up to 1.5 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).

Parking: Free parking at the Key Bridge Marriott is available to all attendees. Present your parking ticket for validation at the HIMSS-NCA registration desk.

Event Contact Information

Mark Kasuda