Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 11:15am EDT

The Federal Drive talks to speakers and panelists from the event, which features government officials and IT professionals sharing best practices in health IT management.

Dr. Andrew Ritcheson
Senior Consulting Psychologist and Program Manager
Dynamics Research Corporation

It's one of the most stubborn and long-lasting problems produced by 10 years of overseas warfighting. Traumatic brain injury and the care requirements it causes will be with the government for a long time. But there is progress in treatment.

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TBI treatment improves after 10 years of war

Robert Coen
Deputy Director, CIO-SP and ECS III GWAC Program, NITAAC
National Institutes of Health

Coen discusses the unique features of the governtmentwide contracts. For one, all contractors on the IT contract can also perform health IT. Also, CIO-SP III has a small business component — the first of its kind for a GWAC — with more than 90 small businesses from all of the set-aside categories.

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NIH's GWAC adjusts to new procurement rules to cut waste, increase competition

Roger Baker
Assistant Secretary for Information Technology
Department of Veterans Affairs

"Patient-centric care enabled by electronics" is the new buzz word in health IT. If you're asking yourself: Isn't all medical care patient-centered already? We were wondering the same thing. Federal News Radio posed that question to Baker immediately after his keynote address at the conference.

Eric Perakslis
Chief Information Officer and Chief Scientist (Informatics)
Food and Drug Administration

FDA is working on "getting IT out of the things it doesn't need to be," says Perakslis. That means more focus on big data and transactions. Perakslis explains how FDA is tackling the flow of information.

Barclay Butler
Director of the Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office

VA and DoD are eight months into a five-year project to set up a joint electronic health record system. The effort requires common data standards, in addition to new staff and contracts. Butler gives an update on how the two agencies are doing in implementing the system.

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DoD, VA joint e-health record ahead of schedule

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