Past event: VA Healthcare Summit 2023

Veterans Affairs Healthcare

Delivering the Highest-Quality Care to our Nation's Heroes

Across the entirety of the United States Government, there is no priority more imperative than that of providing the highest-quality care to our nation's Veterans. As the largest integrated health care network in the United States, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is tasked with providing care to our nation's Veterans.

The VA has undergone a number of significant challenges over the past decade. The pandemic has forced the VA to shift the way that it provides patient experience and care, with a need to better integrate digital and mobile technologies like telehealth and virtual care. Supply chain disruptions continue to change the way that the VA provides the tools, equipment, medicine and technology for its providers and patients. The integration of electronic health records system is changing the way that clinicians provide care at VA medical centers across the nation. Acts of Congress have opened up new options for private care to veterans.

Taken together, the VA must continue to tackle these challenges in order to provide the best care for our nation's veterans. Congress has taken notice. In the latest Omnibus spending bill, Congress agreed to a total of $118.7 billion for the VA in FY2023, a 22% increase in funding.

Veterans Affairs Healthcare Summit is now in its 17th iteration, and is an industry-wide staple for those supporting the VA's mission set. Our partners across the military, government, private and non profit healthcare sector, academia and consultant communities have consistently made this event a marquee gathering for senior stakeholders, technology experts, industry innovators, clinicians, nurses and administrators. With our Summit regularly hosting over 400+ attendees, this engagement opportunity will provide those leaders across the VA Healthcare ecosystem the chance to learn, share, and connect with our nation's veterans to improve health outcomes, care access, and delivery.

What to expect at the 2023 VA Healthcare Summit

At our annual VA Healthcare Summit, we at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement strive to deliver excellent on-site experiences for all of our attendees, whether you represent a government agency like the VA, a leading hospital or healthcare organization, or a healthcare industry innovator. For those who join us at the event, there are a multitude of opportunities available.

Key insights and learning outcomes

Following Secretary Denis McDonough's announcement that the VA plans to focus on principles of Advocacy, Access, Outcomes and Excellence to better improve veteran's healthcare, there is no better time to hear from VA thought leaders on how the agency plans to move forward on key policy and operational goals. With multiple clinical tracks on day 1, and a dedicated technology focus day on day 2, you will have the opportunity to mix and match which presentations are relevant to your organization. Other portions of the conference will be focused on key themes like VA patient experience, clinical challenges and roadmaps for future care.

All of the VA leadership and associated healthcare stakeholders

Not only will you hear keynote presentations, interactive discussions and issue-focused panels from great speakers, you will also get to engage with a multitude of other conference guests from across the veteran's healthcare sector. Mingle, network and meet with attendees ranging from leaders at the industry, non-profit and private healthcare organizations, academia, the Defense Health Agency, VA Medical Centers across numerous VA Veteran Integrated Service Networks, VA HQ, and components within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA).

Enhanced interaction and engagement to foster better relationships

We help our attendees maximize connections and value through an array of on-site activities. Hit the ground running at one of our morning breakfasts or one of our allotted coffee breaks throughout the day for intuitive collaboration. Sit together with leaders at one of networking lunches, or book time in our private meeting room for a more intimate face-to-face conversation with potential clients and partners. Follow up during our happy hour drinks reception at the end of first conference day, where you can enjoy free libations while mingling with industry and government leaders. Throughout the event, our representatives on-site also are available to help facilitate connections that generate lasting relationships.

Solution providers from every vertical, in one place, at the same time

Interested in finding the right vendor solution for your organization or seeing how industry products work in action? Join us at any point during the conference in our exhibition hall, where top flight vendors will showcase the latest technologies, administrative innovations and clinical solutions in the veteran's healthcare sector. Past events have showcased solutions and insight from industry stalwarts like Johnson & Johnson, Adobe and IBM to clinical innovators like Podimetrics and Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. A rip into the exhibition hall provides the perfect chance to see how the healthcare industry is adapting to challenges and delivering excellent solutions.

Don't be the one to miss out!

With two days of learning, collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing, the VA Healthcare Summit is event that everyone in the healthcare sector should be a part of. Join us on July 18-19 in Washington, DC for the premier VA healthcare focused event of the year.

*Although the subject matter of this conference relates to VA healthcare, this is a non-VA event. The organiser is solely responsible for its content and neither the Department of Veterans Affairs nor any of its components (VHA, VBA) have sponsored or endorsed this event or the organiser.*

Join Us for Two Days of Knowledge Sharing, Learning and Networking

    Join us for focused panels on diverse topics including mental health, precision medicine, patient experience, Electronic Health Records modernization, cybersecurity and supply chain management, all let by top experts in the field.
    Listen to leadership from across the VA, DHA and the AMA discuss the future of healthcare and benefit delivery for our Nation's Veterans in order to understand the strategic goals across the health continuum.
    Create an agenda that is customized to what is most important to you, whether your interest is in Clinical Oncology, Mental Health and PTSD, Diversity, Women's Health, Prosthetics and Recover, Technology and Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Modernization or Patient Experience.
    Join us within the Exhibition Hall to help you facilitate more conversations with leading members of industry, whose solutions aim to optimize support for our Nation's Veterans.

Our Co-Conference Chair

  • James Gfrerer, CEO; Federal Business LLC;, Former CIO, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Don Prisby, Founder and President, NorthPoint Advocates

2023 Speakers

  • Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld MD, MPH, President-Elect, American Medical Association
  • Hillary Peabody MPH, Deputy Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Integrated Veteran Care, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Neil Evans MD, Chief Officer Office of Connected Care Veterans Health Administration & Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology/CIO Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Kevin Galpin MD, Executive Director, Telehealth Services Office of Connected Care, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Peter Kaboli MD, MS, Acting Executive Director, Office of Rural Health, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Paul Tibbits MD, Executive Director, Office of Technical Integration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Helga Rippen MD, PhD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Interoperability and Veteran Access Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Evan Albert, Director of Measurement and Data Analytics, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ann Doran, Executive Director, Patient Advocacy, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Angela Billups Ph.D, Executive Director and Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dave Sloniker, Program Executive Director, Office of Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • David Hammer, Deputy Program Manager, Office of Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dave Catanoso, Director (A), Application Hosting, Cloud and Edge Solutions, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Beth Ripley MD, PhD, Acting Chief, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning,Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Luwanda Jones, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of Strategic Sourcing, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ryan Lilly, Network Director, VISN 1 (New England), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Wendell Jones MD, Network Director, VISN 17 (Texas), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Gregory Goins FACHE, Network Director, VISN 9 (Mid-South), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Lynn Ditzler, Director of Strategy, Communications & Innovation, Office of Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Aaron Drew PhD, Technical Director, Supply Chain Management (SCM) Product Line, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Tamara Campbell MD, PsyD, DFAPA, Executive Director, VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Nilesh Shah, Clinical Team Lead, Patient Generated Health Data, Office of Connected Care, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Daniel Abrahamson CPO, LPO, National Program Manager, MoPOC (Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotic Care), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Matt Quinn, Director, Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC), US Army Futures Command
  • Ken Rubin, Senior Advisor, Standards and Interoperability, Clinical Informatics and Data Management Office (CIDMO), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. April Foreman PhD, Deputy Director of Technology and Innovations, Veterans Crisis Line, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Mary Gallagher-Seaman RN, Nursing Consultant, Employee Whole Health, Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Chadd Canode, System Redesign Director, VISN 8, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Rosanna Powers, HRO Director, VISN 8, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Matthew Garoufalis DPM, FASPS, FACPM, CWS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg) FRSM, Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI)
  • Dr. Ashraf Gorgey MD, Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research, Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC (Richmond, VA), VHA, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Niriksha Patel, Senior Advisor, PACT Act Implementation, Department of Veterans AffairsDr. 
  • Fredrick White PhD, Senior Management Analyst, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Katie Webb, Principal Technology Sales Leader, Veterans Affairs and Defense Healthcare, IBM
  • Brendan Fowkes, Industry Platform, CTO, Health Plan, IBM
  • Jason Prow, Senior Partner, Automation and Data Platforms Leader, US Federal Consulting, IBM
  • Deborah Haywood, Vice President, General Manager of Government Solutions, McKesson Medical-Surgical Government Solutions
  • Dr. Arne Brock-Utne MD, Founder, President and CEO, Issio Solutions
  • Amber Works, Director of Business Development, Issio Solutions
  • Greg Douquet, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Red Duke Strategies LLC
  • Lisa Foster MSN, RN, PHN, CWON, CFCN, Senior Clinical Manager, Natrox

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Event details
Organizer : IDGA
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24230