Recap of Institute for e-Health Policy briefing on DoD, VA Interoperability

On Wednesday June 3rd, in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy held two panel discussions on the important topic of interoperability.  This is the second briefing held by the Institute in recent weeks on the topic of interoperability and focused specifically on the Department of Defense Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration.

Kicking off the first panel was Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Francisco Dominicci, the Chief Medical Information Officer at the Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado. LTC Dominicci was instrumental in developing a public Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Colorado Springs that allows providers throughout the network to see patients’ medical records.

The first panel also included Charles Gepford, Deputy Director for Health Informatics at the Veteran Health Administration and Craig Schaefer, Program Manager for the Defense Medical Information Exchange (DMIX). Both Gepford and Schaefer touched on the Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) that allows approximately 5,000 VA clinicians and 1,000 DoD clinicians to see both DoD and VA medical records.

Leila Samy, who leads efforts around rural and veterans’ health for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) kicked off the second panel, which had a combination of government and private industry presenters. Among other topics, she discussed the important role Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) play in delivering healthcare to veterans in rural communities. 

Ty Faulkner from Pitney Bowes commented on the importance of “clean data” in achieving information exchange and Howard Rosen, CEO of LifeWire, shared his views on interoperability solutions, emphasizing they should work for everyone both inside and outside government.

The Institute will be holding the next briefing for Capitol Hill and Association Interns and Fellow.

Please visit the Institute website  for more information and to access the videos  for past sessions on interoperability and other topics.