By Julieanne Cooper

You’re running hard between proposals and vacation/family time. Included here is a high-level overview of some of the things you need to know as you plan for your trip to Orlando.

When: August 16th – August 18th
Where: Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center – 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Directions – The Caribe Royale is located 16 miles from the Orlando International Airport.  DHA Government Civilian and Military attendees are not permitted to use rental cars. You can choose to take a taxi or a shuttle service from the airport. Uber and Lyft are also available.

Health and Safety:
The COVID-19 Community Level in Orlando, Florida is currently LOW. Accordingly, attendees do not need to provide information about their vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to participate in 2022 DHITS. If the COVID-19 Community Level should change, or new safety mandates be put into place by authorities, attendees will be notified of any changes via email and via our website.

Some socially distanced seating will be available at the event, and masks will be optional.

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Move-In and Set-Up:
Monday, August 15th – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16th – 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, August 16th – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 17th – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18th – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 18th – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers:

Director, DHA & Service Surgeons General

Other Speakers:

Pat Flanders – Chief Information Officer (J-6), Defense Health Agency at United States Department of Defense
Dr. Brian Lein – Assistant Director, Healthcare Administration at Defense Health Agency
Dr. Barclay Butler – Director at DoD/VA Interagency Program Office
Dr. Paul Cordts – Physician Lead, Performance Triad (Office of The Surgeon General) at U.S. Army
Willie Arrington – Branch Chief Cyber Transition Support at Defense Health Agency
COL Joseph Hoffert – Chief, Solution Delivery Division/Chief, Risk Management Executive Division/CISO at Defense Health Agency
Chris Nichols – Program Manager/Chief – Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS) Program Management Office
Rogelio Raymond – Cyber Security Operations LeadCyber Security Operations Lead at Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office
Jeffrey Eyink – Assistant Program Manager – Cybersecurity at Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS)
Joshua Zamarripa – Program Manager/Chief, Enterprise Information Technology Services Integrator (EITSI) at Defense Health Agency
Daniel L. Winske Jr. – D2D Operations Center ChiefD2D Operations Center Chief at Defense Health Agency
Lorri Bovain – Deputy Program Manager at Defense Health Agency
Mark Goodge – MHS CTO at Military Health System
Denise Holloway – Information Technology Manager at TRICARE – Defense Health Agency
Peter Huynh – Chief Technology Officer at MEDCOM/OTSG
Ken Slaughter – Program Manager at DoD Healthcare Management System Modernation (DHMSM) PMO
Meredith Josephs – CMIO, Federal EHR Modernization at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Ryan Costantino – Chief, Data Innovation BranchChief, Data Innovation Branch at Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS)
Roger Boodoo – Chief, Director’s Innovation Group at Defense Health Agency
Kendra Lebel – Chief Informatics Officer at Defense Health Agency Innovation Group
James Ellzy – MHS GENESIS Clinical Champion at Defense Health Agency
Donna Poulin – Chief, Engineering, Solutions Architecture & Business Analytics at Defense Health Agency
John Felsted – Chief Engineer at Defense Health Agency

To view the dozens of speakers and pick your tracks, click here – Break-Out Sessions.

Here are some of the Top Federal Health IT Partners who will have a booth at the event. Make sure to stop by.

Accenture – Booth #613
Adobe – Booth #406
Appian – Booth #405
ASRC Federal – Booth #900
A Square Group – Booth #606
Cisco – Booth #722
CollabraLink – Booth #403
Dell Technologies – Booth #903
Deloitte – Booth #107
DLH Corp – Booth #713
EY – Booth #209
GDIT – Booth #408
IMPRES Technology Solutions – Booth #704
IntelliDyne – Booth #914
InterSystems – Booth #521
IQVIA Government Solutions – Booth #317
KBR – Booth #404
Leidos – Booth #721
ManTech – Booth #412
MicroHealth – Booth #620
Okta – Booth #707
Optum Serve – Booth #30
Oracle Cerner – Booth #621
Philips – Booth #718
Planned Systems International (PSI) – Booth #601
RB Consulting – Booth #207
Saliense Consulting – Booth #504
SeKON – Booth #617
ServiceNow – Booth #202
Signature Performance – Booth #708
SolarWinds – Booth #305
Sparksoft Corporation – Booth #701
TIAG – Booth #709

FEHRM – Booth #416
PEO DHMS – Booth #418
NIH-NITAAC – Booth #500

*Full list of Vendor Booths – DHITS 2022 Floor Plan and Booth Availability.

Networking opportunities 

There are always plenty of public and private opportunities to network after hours. We start with the one event that is a key event you don’t want to miss as it kicks the week off right.

Why do we care so much? Because it is networking for a great cause!

6th Annual Happy Hour for a Cause benefiting Fisher House Foundation
Sponsored by NetImpact Strategies
Where: The Pub Orlando – 9101 International Drive, #Suite 1003 – Orlando, FL 32819
When: Monday, August 15th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
In past years, nearly 300 attendees came together to raise over $14k in a single evening. Let us continue this tradition with a strong comeback to meet a goal of raising $20k!

DHITS Cocktail Reception at Caribe Royale Hotel
Sponsored by: Carahsoft, Dell Technologies, & TVAR
Where: The Sun Deck (Poolside) at the Caribe Royale Hotel
When: Monday, August 15th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Peraton’s Welcome Party for DHITS 2022
Sponsored by: Peraton
Where: Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center – Tower 2 Lobby
When: Monday, August 15th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

DHITS Networking Reception
Hosted by WWT, NetApp, AWS, Palantir Technologies Inc
Where: Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center – Boca Pier
When: Monday, August 15th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Luncheon at DHITS
Where: Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel, Martinique Ballroom – 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 11:45am – 1:30pm

Beat The Heat @ Icebar” Networking Reception
Hosted by Alteryx and Partners
Where: Ice Bar on 8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm

ManTech’s Prosecco Bar
Hosted by ManTech
Where:Caribe Royale Exhibit Area, Booth 412
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Red River Networking Event
Hosted by Red River
Where: Mia’s Italian Kitchen Orlando 8717 International Drive
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

2nd CIO Reception-SOLD OUT-If you wish to attend, email
Hosted by AgileCare, ClearWaters.IT, Tenacity-Solutions
Where: Saltgrass Steak House 8850 Vineland Ave
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Opening Reception
Where: Caribe Royale Hotel Exhibit Area
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 5:15pm to 6:00pm

6th Annual Howl At The Moon Party
Hosted by TIAG, DLH, and Saliense
Where: Howl at the Moon Orlando, 8815 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Come network with GDIT, ASRC Federal and Partners at DHITS 2022!
Where: American Social Orlando – 7335 West Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

ManTech’s Prosecco Bar
Hosted by ManTech
Where:Caribe Royale Exhibit Area, Booth 412
When: Tuesday, August 16th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

1630-1930 Eastern 

DHITS Social 
Hosted by FCN, Varonis, GitLab, Dynatrace, Axonius, Sentar, Cherokee Federal, Lookout, Citrix, Trellix
Main Event – 9101 International Drive
When: Wednesday, August 17th from 4:30pm-7:30p.m.
Courtesy Shuttle will pick up/drop off at Caribe Lobby entrance starting at 1615 

Salesforce DHITS Happy Hour
Hosted by Carasoft.
Where: Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center – The Sun Deck (Poolside)
When: Wednesday, Aug. 17th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Network with DHITS attendees at a Caribbean Beach Party!
Hosted by the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health – Leidos, Oracle Cerner, Accenture, and Henry Schein One – and ServiceNow
Where: Paradise Cove, 13245 Lake Bryan Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
When: Wednesday, Aug. 17th from 7:00pm-10:00p.m.

The 2022 After Party
Hosted by Aderas
Where:  Blue Martini Lounge Pointe Orlando – 9101 International Drive, ##1182 – Orlando, FL 32819
When: Wednesday, August 17th from  8:00pm – 11:00pm

PSI Networking event 
Hosted by PSI, Teckwerks, tgtg, BDR Solutions, MicroHealth
Where: Mango’s First Floor Exclusive 8126 International Drive
When: Wednesday, August 17th from  9:00pm – Midnight

*Please note that any networking events included here are not connected directly with DHITS in any way.

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