By Julieanne Cooper, Managing Director, Member Services – G2Xchange Health

HIMSS2020 Orlando for the Federal Health IT Executive

With more than 40,000 attendees, the annual HIMSS conference, scheduled for mid-March, remains the premier Health IT conference, but with a heavy commercial focus, it can be hard to connect with your Federal Health IT colleagues.

G2X is hearing that as many as 375 Federal Government officials will attend this national conference, with DHA presence, VA, CMS and HHS represented in significant numbers.

Included here are three things to help you make the most of your week: Key Sessions to attend; a list of booths you may want to visit; and some of the planned social events.

Note: This is Version 1.0. We will be updating this list over the course of the next few weeks. Have something to add? Reach out and let me know at

Key Sessions to Attend

Monday, March 9
National Library of Medicine and Nursing Informatics: Past, Present, and Future 
March 9 – 8:45AM – 9:45AM
Speaker(s) – Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine

Blockchain Integration into Federal Health
March 9 – 8:45AM – 9:45AM
Speaker(s): Jose Arrieta, Chief Information Officer, HHS Office of the Secretary

Maximizing Value from Big Data: A Federal View
March 9 – 8:45AM – 9:45AM
Speaker(s): Sanjay Koyani, Exec Dir for Innovation, Department of Health and Human Services

How Do Recent CMS Policies on Making Data Available to Consumers Create Challenges and Opportunities for Underserved Communities?
March 9 – 10:35AM – 11:50AM
Speaker(s) – Kevin Larsen, FACP,MD, Director, Continuous Improvement And Strategic Planning, CMS; Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead, Office Of The National Coordinator

DoD Health Information Exchange
March 9 – 12:45PM – 1:05PM
Speaker(s) – Lance Scott, DMIX Program Manager, Operations and Sustainment Assistant Program Manager, DHA

Virtual Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Underserved Populations
March 9 – 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Speaker(s): Jonathan Nebeker, MD, Deputy National Chief Medical Informatics Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, March 10
Strengthening the Homefront by Adopting an IT Business Model
March 10 – 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Speaker(s): COL Francisco Dominicci, CPHIMS, MA, MS, RN-BC, Chief, Solution Delivery Division, DAD IO J6, Defense Health Agency

A Common Electronic Health Record Solution for VA and DoD
March 10 – 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Speaker(s): Bill Tinston, Program Executive Officer, Defense Healthcare Management Systems; John Windom, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

DoD Health Information Exchange
March 10 – 12:45PM – 1:05PM
Speaker(s): Lance Scott, DMIX Program Manager, Operations and Sustainment Assistant Program Manager, Defense Health Agency

Connected Care As an Access and Patient Engagement Strategy
March 10 – 1:30PM- 2:30PM
Speaker(s): Neil C. Evans, Chief Officer, Office Of Connected Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Modernizing VA’s EHR and Advancements in Interoperability
March 10 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Speaker(s): John Short, MBA,MSIS, Chief Technology Integration Officer, Office of EHR Modernization, , U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; John Windom, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Laura Kroupa, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Essential Health IT–Supporting MHS Quality and Safety
March 10 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Speaker(s): Paul Cordts, MD, Deputy Assistant Director, Medical Affairs, Defense Health Agency

Future: The Road Ahead For Pharma & Clinical Research
March 10 – 3:35PM – 4:30PM
Speaker(s) – John Hariadi, Associate Director For Knowledge Management, Data Analytics And Technology Assistance, Office Of Translational Sciences, Center For Drug  Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA

Towards Computable Guidelines With FHIR
March 10 – 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Speaker(s) – Maria Michaels, MBA, PMP, Public Health Advisor, CDC

Striving Toward an Open Ecosystem: Expanding Interoperability Across Care Settings
March 10 – 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Speaker(s) – Avinash Shanbhag, Acting Director, Office Of Technology, ONC

MHS GENESIS: DoD’s Electronic Health Record
March 10 – 4:45PM – 5:05PM
Speaker(s): Craig Schaefer, Program Manager, Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization, Defense Health Agency

Wednesday, March 11
Balancing Innovation and Disruption in Information Sharing
March 11 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Speaker(s) – Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS

Medicare Claims Data APIs From CMS
March 11 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Speaker(s) – Karl Davis, Associate Entrepreneur-in-Residence, CMS

20/20 Oversight: OIG’s Enforcement Landscape and Health IT
March 11 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Speaker(s): Andrew Vanlandingham, Senior Counselor for Medicaid Policy/ Acting Senior Counselor for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Lisa M. Re, Assistant Inspector General for Legal Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General

Privacy Challenges in the Internet of Health Things
March 11 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Speaker(s) – Matthew Quinn, Senior Advisor for Health Information Technology, HRSA

A HIPAA Update from the HHS Office for Civil Rights
March 11 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Speaker(s): Roger Severino, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights

Enhancing Cybersecurity of Medical Devices
March 11 – 10:45AM – 11:05AM
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Barnes Maj, USAF, BSC, Chief Medical Officer, DHA Medical Logistics, Defense Health Agency

Maximizing Value From Government Health Data: A Federal View
March 11 – 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Speaker(s) – Sanjay Koyani, Executive Director for Innovation, HHS

A Fireside Chat with the U.S. Department of HHS
March 11 – 12:45PM – 1:05PM
Speaker(s): Ed Simcox, CTO, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Views from the Top: Transforming the Military Health Systems
March 11 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency

Health IT & FHIR to Enable Research and Discovery
March 11 – 1:15PM – 2:00PM
Speaker(s) – Kevin Chaney, Senior Program Manager for the Chief Scientist Division, ONC

How Open APIs Drive Innovation in Clinical and Home Settings
March 11 – 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Speaker(s): Jason Glanville, Director of Product Strategy, Project Special Forces, Department of Veteran Affairs; Thomas Osborne, MD, Director @ NCCHI. CMIO @ VA Palo Alto, Department of Veteran Affairs

Using CDS to Expedite Evidence into Practice
March 11 – 2:45PM – 3:05PM
Speaker(s) – Roland Gamache, PhD, MBA, FAMIA, Staff Fellow, AHRQ

Special Keynote Session
March 11 – 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Speaker(s): Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services; Seema Verma, Invited to Speak | Administrator, Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

Thursday, March 12
Advancing Telehealth in Rural America and Beyond
March 12 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Speaker(s) – Matthew Quinn, Senior Advisor for Health Information Technology, HRSA; Natassja Manzanero, MS Telehealth Program Coordinator and Rural Health IT Policy Lead, HRSA

DHA J-6—Optimizing Health IT Operations
March 12 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Speaker(s): COL PAT Flanders, SES, Deputy Assistant Director, Information Operations; DHA CIO, Defense Health Agency

Candid Discussion on Reducing Health Inequities: Is Technology the Answer?
March 12 – 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Speaker(s) – Kim Brandt, Principal Deputy Administrator for Policy & Operations, CMS

From Evidence to Encounter: Accelerating Clinical Quality
March 12 – 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Speaker(s): Kenneth Rubin, Director of Standards, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Driving Innovation in Healthcare — HHS and VC perspectives
March 12 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary, Health and Human Services

DHA Med-Device Enclave Security Automation Solution
March 12 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Tom Hines, CISSP,HQE, Director, Engineering & Technology Transformation, Senior Advisor, DAD IO/J-6 CIO, DHA

Ignite Your Career With a Curated eHealth Toolkit
March 12 – 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Speaker(s) – Cory Stephens, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Nurse Consultant, Informatics, NIH Clinical Center

Friday, March 13
User-Centered EHR Training Drives Organizational Efficiency
March 13 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Speaker(s) – Cory Stephens, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Nurse Consultant, Informatics, NIH Clinical Center; Kim Stevens, DNP, MSN, RN, Supervisory Nurse Consultant, Informatics, NIH Clinical Center

Impact of VA Telehealth Care: When and Where It’s Needed
March 13 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Speaker(s): Leonie Heyworth, MD, Director of Synchronous Telehealth, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

** Throughout the event Interoperability Use Case Tours will be held at VA Demonstration Booth 8300 in Hall E

Exhibitor Booths

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality – Booth 7089-09
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – no listing
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid – Booth 3801
Defense Health Agency – Booth 7089-05
Department of Veterans Affairs – Booth 7089-04, 8300-48, MP44
Federal Health IT Pavilion – Booth 7089
HRSA: Health Resources Services Administration – Booth 7089-07
National Library of Medicine – Booth 7089-02
NIH-NITAAC – Booth 7089-03
NIST – Booth 7089-06
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – Booth 7089-01

Key Booths to Visit

Accenture – Booth 3858
American Well – Booth 4001
AWS – Booth(s) 858, MP108, MP109, MP110, MP95
Booz Allen – Booth MP94
By Light – Booth(s) 400-61, 7675
C-HIT – Booth MP33
Cognosante – Booth 929
Dell EMC – Booth(s) 8300-25, MP59, MP61, MP62, MP71, 2121
Deloitte – Booth(s) 2659, MP224
DSS, Inc. – Booth 5559
ForeScout Technologies – Booth(s) 400-53, 8300-84
General Dynamics Health Solutions – Booth MP17
Guidehouse – Booth MP32
Henry Elliott & Company – Booth 5751
HMS – Booth 680-05
IBM – Booth(s) 3579, 400-07, 400-90, MP221
InterSystems – Booth 3301
KPMG – Booth 1921
Leidos – Booth 4758
LunarLine – Booth 4944
ManTech – Booth 4873
Mettle Solutions – Booth 8081
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – Booth 5786
National Government Services – Booth(s) 4543, MP34
Neustar – Booth 632
NewWave – Booth 800
Northrop Grumman – Booth 1535
NTT Data – Booth 3601
Optum – Booth 6278
Palo Alto Networks – Booth 400-100, 635
Pegasystems – Booth 4115
Perspecta – Booth 8300-45, MP119
Philips – Booth(s) 2701, 2721, 2927, 400-30, 8300-54,
Red Hat – Booth(s) 5745, 8300-127
RTI International – Booth 680-03
SAIC – Booth MP74
SAP – Booth 2070
Saviynt – Booth 400-12
ServiceNow – Booth 400-101
Splunk – Booth 869
VMware – Booth(s) 2021, MP39, MP40

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Key Parties to Attend

Nordic’s Reception at HIMSS20
Monday, March 9, 2020 – 6:30PM – 9:30PM
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Pointe Orlando

General Dynamics HIMSS Networking Event
Monday, March 9, 2020 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando – 5800 Universal Boulevard – Orlando, FL

WWT Networking Event at HIMSS20
Hosted by World Wide Technology & Veritas
Monday, March 9, 2020 – 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – 9101 International Dr. – Orlando, FL

Happy Hour with Health Gorilla at HIMSS20
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Fiorenzo – Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive – Orlando, FL

Evergreen’s Reception at HIMSS
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 5PM – 8PM
Tapas Bar+Paella Pit – 8441 International Drive Orlando, FL

HIMSS20 Networking Event with OptumServe and Halfaker
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 9PM – 12AM
Bar 17 Bistro at Universal’s Aventura Hotel – 6725 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL

Leading for Impact, Federal Health Women in Leadership Luncheon
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 11:15AM – 1:00PM
Rosen Plaza Hotel – 9700 International Drive – Orlando, FL

HIMSS Happy Hour with Bluetree and MediRevv
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 3:30PM- 5:30PM
Bluetree Network Booth #2487

Maryland & Virginia Chapters of HIMSS Reception
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Floor – Nuance Booth #1944

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