Information is vital. So is your time. Understanding the importance of balancing both, FedHealthIT/MileMarker10 has launched a new initiative designed to bring you quick, relevant podcasts, featuring Government and Industry leaders, and covering topics that are important to our Federal health community.

A Look At Democratizing Data with VA

The team focused on the Democratizing Data project are addressing the challenges of leveraging vast amounts of VHA clinical data to better understand, present, and respond to Veteran issues. Amanda Purnell, a Clinical Data Specialist for the Care and Transformational Initiatives Portfolio of the VHA Innovation Ecosystem discusses how excited the team is to win a 2021 Innovation Award.

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Did You Miss It? The 2021 Innovation Awards

We had an amazing number of speakers at the 2021 FedHealthIT Innovation Awards. If you missed it, be sure to check out the full list of winners and register to check out a recording of the event HERE. Here is a bite from Amir Capriles of Pegasystems, one of the event sponsors.

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Tech Talk with CMS

This Tech Talk podcast features. Quentin Tyson, Chief Technology Officer in the Information System Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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Insider Look: The Veterans Affairs Office of Technical Integration Interoperability

As a 2021 Innovation Award Winner, VA OTI leads a coordinated leadership body focused on ensuring the Veteran journey is seamlessly enabled through interoperability of the systems that support them. Dr. Paul Tibbits provides an inside look at the Interoperability Maturity Model (IMM) that provides for measurement of the intangible concept of “Interoperability” between business entities and processes within VA.

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Companies Staying Connected with Health information Exchanges

Companies and organizations looking to improve the customer experience with improved speed, security and reduced cost (as well as trying to become the biggest HIE on the block) will look to merge these existing HIEs. This inherently will cause massive confusion with the use of different patient information nomenclatures, categories and partner designations. Here we speak with Kristin Brown of Tamr to try to clarify some of the confusion.

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One-on-One With the Founder of the Veterans Health Administration’s Solor Project

Dr. Keith Campbell discusses enabling semantic interoperability and High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles through the Solor Project. The Solor Project is a VA-sponsored initiative that seeks to improve patient safety through the improvement of data quality and harmonization of terminology standards.

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Salesforce in the Government Health Industry

Here we speak to Francis Crump, a Salesforce Developer, who discusses the impacts Salesforce is making in transforming the Healthcare landscape, the need to be able to process data in different ways and the challenge of disparate data sets in the cloud.

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Inside Look: The Impacts Of Disruptive Technology in Government

Tim Conway of NTT Data takes a look at the opportunities of the future including the notion that digital is here to stay, the vast amounts of data and what it means, and the need to security to protect data from source to the cloud. He also looks at the technology imperatives essential to building a future Government.

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An Inside Look at the State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Cindi Bassford, of Guidehouse, discusses that, while nothing was more impressive than the frontline Healthcare workers and how they put patients first and used innovation to get people the care they needed, the industry also rallied, facing bad actors that capitalized on the pandemic’s disruption. Looking at how cybercriminals took the opportunity to exploit the stresses on the Healthcare system, she digs into how important cybersecurity really is. 

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Building Resilience through IT and Digital Transformation

In this episode, MileMarker10’s Megan Murray speaks with Art delaCruz, President and COO of Team Rubicon. Listen in as they discuss how Team Rubicon successfully mobilized to respond to COVID-19, the importance of building to scale, and how they leveraged their enterprise management system and digital transformation to “get to yes” and broaden their impact.

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Helping the VA Become a High-Reliability Organization

Dr. Himanshu Singh, the Chief Health Informatics Officer at DSS, Inc., discusses how, thanks to intelligent software and data visualization solutions, it is possible for the VA to achieve the HRO mission, and provide the best quality of care for Veterans.

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How the Federal IT Community can engage with military-connected entrepreneurs

MileMarker10’s Megan Murray speaks with Blake Hogan, CEO of Bunker Labs, to discuss his journey from Marine to entrepreneur, debunk common misconceptions of being a business person, and explore how the Federal IT Community can engage with military-connected entrepreneurs.

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Are Human-Centered Design and Human Systems Integration the Same Thing?

Mary Quinn of Leidos will discuss how the systems and products that people use most easily and effectively incorporate human factors into their designs. She will explain the three main components of human-centered design, the ideal scenario for human-system integration, and methods used to validate success.

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An FDA Look at Challenges in Health Laboratory Data Interoperability

In early June of last year, HHS announced new laboratory data reporting guidance for COVID-19, citing LOINC In Vitro Diagnostic (LIVD) as the authoritative source of coding for COVID-19 testing. With the number of daily COVID-19 tests continuing to go up in the United States, Dr. Greg Pappas, Associate Director for National Device Surveillance, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food & Drug Administration discusses how the LIVD catalog improved public health reporting for COVID-19 test results.

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Insight into the VA’s Digital Transformation Strategy An Excerpt from the Disruptive Tech Summit

During our recent Disruptive Tech Summit, Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dominic Cussatt, shared an update on VA’s digital transformation strategy. Listen in to hear how VA is adapting and utilizing disruptive technologies as a force multiplier to scale and meet the needs of today’s Veterans through IT modernization, strategic sourcing, DevSecOps, and more!

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Staying Cyber Healthy in Federal Health

This podcast, featuring Joyce Hunter, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Information (ICIT), discusses the cost of security breaches and the growing importance of cyber security in Healthcare and the steps that can be taken to secure not only industry information related to FedHealth but also that of individuals.

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Improving the Customer Experience Through Patient-Centered Care

2021 Disruptive Tech Change Agent, Ken Rubin, is using what he learned while working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the way in improving the quality and consistency surrounding patient-centered care and interoperability within this customer experience.

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Advancing the Healthcare Agenda in 2021

During this podcast with Harry Greenspun, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Partner at Guidehouse he discusses upcoming Industry trends and what strategies businesses should look to embrace as Government moves forward with Healthcare missions, including digital health; the strong getting stronger; risk and vulnerability in the virtual world.

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Total Procurement Makeover: Key Insights for Running Federal Digital Service Procurements

This podcast with two members of the Digital Services Coalition: Rohan Bhobe, CEO of Nava, and Natalie Kurz, Director of UX at Flexion, shares experiences and recommendations for running a successful Federal digital services procurement that works for Government, users, and vendors alike.



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Freeing Data and Decoupling IT to Drive Grassroots Innovation in Military Health

This podcast with Faaruwq Muhammad, Project Execution Lead at SpinSys, discusses how industry can support Military Health innovation, freeing those with the insight and capability to test, evolve and drive solutions by removing IT as a barrier, and the culture shift required to eliminate the need for IT from every aspect of development.

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The future of connected healthcare and the rise of digital health cybersecurity

Is the health care industry ready for the future? MileMarker10 CEO Susan Sharer speaks with Kelly Rozumalski of Booz Allen Hamilton to discuss what Government and contact tracing companies can do, from securing laboratory data to the entire hospital infrastructure, to ensure data is secure.

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Growing as an SB through Innovation in the Federal Health Cloud Space

Aaron Stowell, Vice President/CTO of CTAC discusses the value small businesses can make in the Federal cloud marketplace supporting agencies including HHS, and he shares insights on how small businesses can benefit and grow from the innovations coming out of the challenges they face.

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Why the Sec piece of DevSecOps is so Critical to Government

In this podcast Sameer Kamani, a Solutions Architect at GitLab serving U.S. Public Sector agencies, applies lessons learned as he discusses the major shift in current DevOps to the DevSecOps methodology and how this new thinking will impact compliance and Authorization to Operate.

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Assessing Containerization Technology across DHA

This podcast interview with Joseph Davis, a support member of the Defense Health Agency through NIWC-LANT’s Cybersecurity component, discusses how DHA is assessing risk within MHS PaaS, one of the first enterprise system pioneers to feature Kubernetes (K-8’s) orchestrator for containerization technology on Red Hat’s OpenShift container deployment solution for standing up new applications and tools.

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IT Transformation and Strategy with a Former VA CIO

This podcast with former VA CIO LaVerne Council discusses what the Federal community needs to know about IT transformation and developing an effective IT strategy in the Federal Government with a view on the responsibility of the CIO to communicate, educate, and lead the organization through IT transformation; setting the tone and providing the air cover to enable transformation from the Sec/Dep Sec; and acquisition and procurement policies and practices to enable swift progress.

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AI and Government with Dr. Chakib Chraibi 

Dr. Chakib Chraibi, Chief Data Scientist and Acting Associate Director, Office of Data Services at NTIS shares his perspective on the success and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies used within the Government space and shares a peek into the future in this very in-depth two-part interview.

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Industry Driving Innovation within the Census Bureau

In this special vodcast, Brock Webb of the Census Bureau joins us to discuss how industry helps Government innovate and how you too can get involved!

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How Industry can Shape the Future of Telehealth

Karsten Russell-Wood and Cindy Gaines of Philips discuss systems of telehealth across care venues, from hospital to home, and focus on transitions of care and how things have changed since the early days of the pandemic. They also discuss  how the community can help shape the future of telehealth.

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Cyber intersections between DHA, VA and the Coast Guard

Dina Guerrero, a recent DHA Cyber Security Engineer joins us to discuss the most daunting cyber alignment challenges of migrating federal medical IT services into one electronic health record system. She dives deep on not only the obstacles but what to expect in the months to come. If you are traveling down this road, this is an interview you won’t want to miss.

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Alexander Caillet on State of Mind

During our recent event, Impact Series: Driving Organizational Resiliency, Alexander Caillet, CEO and Co-Founder, Corentus, discussed state of mind. Defined as one’s moment to moment experience in life, this framework can easily influence individuals, especially those in leadership positions, and impact organizations. Listen to Caillet as he describes how being aware of one’s state of mind above or below a neutral line can lead to self-awareness, better working relationships and stronger business strategies.

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Addressing VA Suicide Prevention Efforts – A Two-Part Series

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Veteran’s Administration has been a leader in the deployment of advanced technology that enables the identification of high-risk Veterans for suicide, but more can be done. On this two-part series of Keeping IT Brief we speak with Dr. David LaBorde, CEO, Iconic Data Inc. and Senior Advisor, DSS Inc. He discusses the overall suicide prevention effort at the VA, and what more can be done to address this at-risk population.

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Dr. Barclay Butler, DHA: Facing Challenges As An Organization

During a recent event, Leading for Impact Series: Driving Organizational Resiliency, Dr. Barclay Butler, Assistant Director for Management and the Component Acquisition Executive, Defense Health Agency, discussed facing challenges as an organization and how industry partners can help.


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The AI Playbook and trends in AI in Federal Health IT

Swathi Young is an international keynote speaker, blogger, community builder and Chief Technology Officer who recently co-authored the AI Playbook, a framework of implementing AI solutions for the Federal Government. She is the founder of DC Emerging Technologies, a community of 2000+ members who meet regularly to discuss the trends in disruptive technologies. Here Swathi discusses What the AI Playbook is; how stakeholders in Federal Government use it; the top trends in AI in Federal Health IT; and provides advice to stakeholders thinking about implementing an AI solution.

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Driving Organizational Resiliency with Scott Blackburn

In a recent event, Leading for Impact Series: Driving Organizational Resiliency, Scott Blackburn, Partner McKinsey & Company, Former Chief Information Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs; spoke on the current state of the Department of the Veterans Affairs and looked to the future.


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Post-COVID Realities in Healthcare 

It’s no secret that telehealth is on the rise in the care arena – especially in the Department of Veterans Affairs and other Federal health agencies. Though, in today’s post COVID-19 environment, how can Federal health agencies best manage patients with Acute Chronic Diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, utilizing telecare? “We have to try to readjust and manage our ambulatory care patients and figure out how to care for them in a safe way,” according to Dr. Himanshu Singh, the Chief Health Informatics Officer at DSS, Inc. Join us as he dives more into this topic in this two part interview.

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Delivering a Human-Centric Approach to Healthcare with HHS’ Oki Mek

HHS is focused on the need to share electronic health records to gain insight into how to assist the mission of HHS to enhance the health and well being of all Americans,” according to Oki Mek. In this edition of Keeping IT Brief, he digs into how this can happen effectively in a large agency like HHS.

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USDS and CMS Delivering a Human-Centric Approach to Healthcare

In this edition of Keeping IT Brief, Shelby Switzer, a software engineer with the US Digital Service at the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses efforts at CMS focused on API strategy and implementation, modernizing Medicare payment modernization and beneficiary APIs; and considering end users, developers and providers in point of care.

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Inside the DHA Marketplace

Sentar’s Nate Swab, USAF Retired, currently serves as Marketplace Cyber Functional Lead within Sentar, Inc. and supports support Defense Health Agency (DHA). He says: “DHA has been committing a lot of intellectual capital to integrate the Military Health System to deliver better and more efficient Healthcare.” Learn more about this regional support, what industry needs to know moving forward, and recommendations for DHA.

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Think Outside The Box: How To Stand Out During a Pandemic

Mark Feldman, Channel Marketing and Brand Expert, looks at the new normal, and, since we don’t know what that is… why those organizations who are able to adapt and be agile will be the ones that will survive and how Government contractors can strategically position and differentiate themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cloud Technologies Helping Government Agencies Today

Raymond Holder is the executive strategist and health technology leader, currently serving as Principal, U.S. Federal Healthcare at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Mr. Holder discusses how cloud technologies are helping Government agencies today.

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