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Download this event overview to learn what you missed at FCW’s Face-to-Face event held on September 17th in Washington, DC.

As the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology and agencies work to ensure medical providers have successful digital records capabilities, they are relying heavily on IT to make it happen.

This event overview will explore the changing environment for meaningful use, integrating legacy systems with next-generation technologies and discuss the latest developments surrounding the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), including understanding best practices, maximizing opportunities and confidently addressing comprehensive challenges on the horizon.

Introduced as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, meaningful use encourages providers to create certified EHRs and infrastructure to support optimum patient care. The four main objectives of meaningful use are:

  • Improve quality, safety and efficiency and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and family
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for meeting meaningful use objectives over time, with increasing requirements throughout three phases.

Featured subject-matter experts:

  • Theresa Cullen, MD, MS
  • Director, Health Informatics, Office of Informatics and Analytics, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
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    Dr. Theresa Cullen is the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Chief Medical Information Officer and also leads VHA’s Health Informatics service areas including Human Factors, Knowledge Based Systems, Applied Informatics Services, and the broadly recognized Barcode program. From February – October, 2013, Dr. Cullen was the Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Interagency Program Office (IPO). While at the IPO, Dr. Cullen worked, in concert with the IPO Director, to lead DoD and VA in the development and implementation of the integrated Electronic Health Record and the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Initiatives that allow for health information interoperability between the Departments to better serve Servicemembers, Veterans and other eligible beneficiaries. Dr. Cullen also currently represents VA on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining VA in February 2012, Dr. Cullen was the Director of Health and Human Services Domain Information Technology Program Management Office (PMO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, she helped coordinate the health information technology investments through HHS. Dr. Cullen started her career with Indian Health Service (IHS) in 1984 as a family practice physician and was a clinical director on the Tohono O’odham reservation from 1994-1999. She was the senior medical informatics consultant for IHS from 1999-2006. Starting in 2006 until June 2011, she was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Office of Information Technology for IHS.

  • Elizabeth Holland
  • Director, HIT Initiatives Group, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
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    Elizabeth is the Director of the HIT Initiatives Group in the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she has focused on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs since the Recovery Act became law in 2009. She has worked at CMS (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, HCFA) for over twenty years and has held positions in physician payment policy, Medicare contractor management, and HIPAA outreach and compliance.

    Elizabeth received her undergraduate education from Smith College and has a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University where she was elected to the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society.

  • Bob Kimball
  • Chief Technology Officer, Ciena Government Solutions
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    Mr. Kimball is the CTO of Ciena Government Solutions responsible for identifying technology directions and product positioning for sales of Ciena optical networking products in the DOD, Civilian Government, and Research and Education market segments. Recent projects include technology refresh of existing Government networks with 100G transport, the impact of SDN in the Government space, enhanced network security , and the impact to Green initiatives from the evolution of optical transport and switching technologies. Mr. Kimball is a frequent speaker in the area of network security and cyber awareness and has authored numerous papers in this area.

    Prior to coming to Ciena, Mr. Kimball held positions at the Defense Information Systems Agency, MITRE, and AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was a subject matter expert and engineering manager in transmission engineering for both submarine and terrestrial optical networks. He has a background in nonlinear optics and modeling complex optical systems.

  • George Komatsoulis, Ph.D.
  • Senior Bioinformatics Specialist, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

  • Jacob Reider, MD
  • Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services
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    Jacob Reider, MD is a family physician with 20 years of experience in health information technology and special interest in clinical innovation, user experience, and clinical decision support. His background includes leadership roles in nearly all facets of the health IT domain – from small start-up companies to academic facilities, primary care medical groups, and large health IT development organizations. Dr. Reider has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Students Association, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and has served in directorial positions on boards of several innovative health IT companies.

  • Steve LeSueur
  • Contributing Editor, 1105 Public Sector Media Group
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    Steve LeSueur provides Washington area businesses with public relations and communications services. He helps companies develop media strategy, writes press announcements and provides outreach to media. He writes and edits white papers, case studies and reports, and helps business executives write articles for publication. Steve also consults on website redesign and writes Web content.

    Steve also serves as a contributing editor for custom media at 1105 Public Sector Media Group, and is a regular moderator of 1105 webcast programs.

    Before starting LeSueur Communications in August 2005, Steve served more than five years as editor of Washington Technology, a business magazine published by 1105 Media, Inc. As editor, Steve directed the magazine’s coverage of companies that provide IT services to federal, state and local governments. This included both the Washington Technology website, which publishes daily stories, blogs and other features, and Washington Technology magazine, which provides in-depth coverage of the major business opportunities, events, legislation, policies and emerging technologies in the government IT market.

    Before joining Washington Technology, Steve covered national security issues and the defense industry for Defense News.

    He holds a master’s degree in history from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and an undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He wrote the award-winning book, “The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri,” published by the University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO, and has published numerous articles on Mormon history.

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