The DC Chapter of AFCEA held a moderated Defense Health Agency panel discussion on April 26, 2016 focusing on innovative solutions for the military health system.
The panelists were:
- James Craft, Chief Information Officer, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Department of Defense
- Steven Hernandez, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services
- Rose-Marie Nsahlai, Lead IT Security Specialist, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, Department of Health and Human Services
- Dr. Joseph Lucky Ronzio, Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
The main topics of discussion were in relation to Mobile Health Technology, Interoperability and Cybersecurity.
The discussion surrounding Mobile Health Technology focused on empowering the consumer / patient to be more active and collaborative with their providers when making health and wellness choices, and on embracing sensors and telehealth / telemedicine as alternatives to physician office visits. The Deputy CHTO of the VA, Dr. Ronzio, argued that both provide a better patient experience, while lowering costs for all parties. Moving forward, more emphasis will be placed on devices and mobility for both the patient and the provider. NSA, for example, is working on a "thin" encryption that is specifically for health and wellness devices, so the security layer is a lower overhead for the device.