OSEHRA and Conference Sponsor Perspecta have announced the program for the 2019 OSEHRA Summit, to be held July 9-10 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This year’s Plenary Speakers represent over a dozen Federal Agencies and Organizations convening to highlight current open source initiatives and the increasing level of public-private partnership in major departments and programs.

As more programs opt for cloud-based solutions and software-as-a-service delivery models, open source software has become key to both implementation and interoperability. This year’s theme, Open SaaS – Open Source in the Cloud, will address ways to optimize innovation and modernization by way of open source utilization and community involvement. Achievements from the past year will be showcased through engaging plenary sessions, breakout track sessions, and roundtable discussions.

The 2019 program includes the following invited Speakers:

  • Paul Tibbits, MD – Executive Director, Office of Technical Integration, EPMO, OIT | U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • John Everett – Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, EPMO | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Aaron Drew, PhD – Chief Engineer, Chief Architect of Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization Program | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jonathan Nebeker, MD – Deputy CMIO, Veterans Health Administration | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Neil Evans, MD – Chief Officer, Connected Care, Veterans Health Administration| U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Maia Laing – Senior Business Consultant | OCTO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Rajiv Uppal – Acting Director and Chief Information Officer | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Mark Roche – Chief Health Informatics Officer | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD – Chief Executive Officer | HL7
  • Robert Wah, MD – former President | American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Kenneth Salyards – Information Management Specialist | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Laura Beaufort – Technical Lead| Federal Election Commission
  • Andrew Heibel – Information Systems Security Engineer, Lead, WALKOFF | National Security Agency
  • Chezian Sivagnanam – Chief Enterprise Architect, National Science Foundation
  • Brian Campo – Deputy Chief Technology Officer (Acting); Director, Technical Architecture and Engineering |U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Joseph Amalfitano – IT Specialist – Open Source Lead | U.S. Social Security Administration
  • Jimmy Jones – Management/ Program Analyst | OCTO, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Michael Pulsifer – Branch Chief – Platform As A Service | OCIO, U.S. Department of Labor

The Plenary Session will feature a demonstration by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency (SAMHSA) of their state-of-the-art open source software package, Omnibus Care Plan (OCP). Additional sessions will feature leading-edge topics including Synthetic Patient Data, Open Source Ecosystems, Open Source APIs and Standards, Machine Learning and Analytics, Imaging and Analytics, and Innovation with VistA. Speakers leading these track sessions will be announced soon.

The Summit will include an Exhibit Hall with featured Sponsors and some of the biggest names in open source products and health IT innovations, including: Perspecta; DSS, Inc.; YottaDB LLC; BookZurman; Oroville Hospital; Kitware; and PatchAdvisor. Take advantage of remaining Sponsorship opportunities listed here, or contact Megan Murray, Director of Membership and Communications, at murraym@osehra.org

Government Rates are available and Early Bird pricing runs through May 27, 2019. To register, please click here.

For more information about this year’s Summit, visit summit.osehra.org. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using #OSSummit19.




OSEHRA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to accelerating innovation through open source strategy, with an emphasis on electronic health records. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA has fostered a robust open source community with over 600 registered members representing 300+ industry, academic, and government organizations globally. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community engaged in a variety of open source projects, including EHR implementations, synthetic patient data, open architecture strategy, open APIs, cloud strategies, and other IT activities. To support these efforts, OSEHRA hosts software repositories, an online testing and development support infrastructure, and an online framework for collaborative work groups. OSEHRA is a member of numerous industry associations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), Open Source Initiative (OSI), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).


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