Emergency Strikes - Is Your Health System Ready? | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS

Sep 15, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Key Bridge Marriott | 1401 Lee Highway | Arlington, Virginia 22209
Member Cost: $
Non-Member Cost: $

Increasingly, our government and healthcare and health it systems, at a national level, are responding to public (national or international) threats to individual citizen’s health.  From Ebola to bio-threats, our system needs to be prepared for impacts that attack us individually, but have the capacity for systemic impact.  In addition, our healthcare system and, even, our military and federal health system responds to public health emergencies and reaching a critical max. Our nation faces new emerging diseases, antibiotic resistant superbugs, terror threats, bio-threats and much more. Cross-functional teams across private and public sectors and in different verticals (representing oil, health, schools, local, state and federal governments, etc.) are coming and synthesizing in coordinated teams to respond a threat or emergency. During this educational session, we will explore important questions that governments and the health care community mitigate together, including:

  • What investments are needed to assess a disease threat, national disaster or even in active combat?
  • What new and emerging technologies are being harnessed to adequately prepare for an emergency?
  • How is policy, legislation, and budgets impacting emergency preparedness?
  • Are our health IT systems ready to handle such a burden in the case of a national or international emergency? And do our health IT systems support and foster the right response?
  • What are the opportunities for participation in a private sector/public sector partnership in response to an emergency?


Susan Ondera
VHA Watch Officer
Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Affair (VA) (Confirmed)

Barbara Meadows
Operations Branch Chief Office of Emergency Management
Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Army National Guard (Confirmed)

RADM Nicole Lurie
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (Invited)

Stic Harris, DVM, MPH
Chief, Alert & Response Operations
Integrated Biosurveillance Section, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch
Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency (DHA) (Confirmed)

Gerrit Bakker
Senior Director
Public Health Preparedness at Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) (Confirmed)

Stephen Redd
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Invited)


Laura Bennett
Federal Programs
Ventech Solutions

Rob Ferguson
OnKeel Technology Group

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

Diana Ceban