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by Cerner Corporation
Published on September 25, 2017

In these four Cerner Health Conference 2017 sessions, learn how the U.S. military is expanding high-quality care and information security, as well as incorporating new insights into military health.

1. U.S. Department of Defense Requirements: New Standards in Patient Information Security (Session #819)

Stacy A. Cummings, program executive officer at the Program Executive Office of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems

Don Kleoppel, chief security officer of Enterprise Security at Cerner

Creating an environment for the U.S. Department of Defense that meets the patient data security standards set forth by Congress and the federal government has required the health IT industry to examine its current state of cybersecurity. This is where the military presents unique challenges, because data protection goes beyond traditional data centers. Information exchange crosses ships, aircraft and remote locations around the world, which requires stringent protocols and incident-management procedures. In this session, Stacy Cummings and Don Kleoppel will talk about this deployment model, which protects the personal information of our nation's service men and women, and the commercial applications this new standard will provide.

As program executive officer, Cummings oversees the Department of Defense electronic health record modernization including the operational, data exchange and interoperability initiatives.

Cerner's Kleoppel focuses on our Enterprise Security program, which includes cybersecurity, security governance risk and compliance and security architecture.

2. Ensuring Care Across the Continuum in the Military Remote Environment (Session #820)

CDR Andrew Wilson, chief medical information officer at Defense Healthcare Management Systems

CAPT Scott Johnson, EHR deputy functional champion at MHS GENESIS

Col. William Baez, chief medical information officer at U.S. Air Force Surgeon General

COL Miko Watkins, Army chief medical information officer at U.S. Army Medical Command

The military operations health care model is vastly different than a typical system. The U.S. Department of Defense team will discuss its unique continuum of care, including long-distance support for remote clinics and ships at port, as well as new applications in areas such as telehealth. Speakers from various branches of the military will discuss lessons already coming out of the U.S. Department of Defense project that can be applied in a commercial or home health care setting, as well as how the military is using applications that commercial providers currently use.

3. Using Clinical Data to Gain New Insights into Military Health (Session #7009)

Col. Thomas Cantilina, special assistant to the Air Force surgeon general at Defense Healthcare Management Systems

COL Jacob Aaronson, special advisor to the MHS functional champion at MHS GENESIS and Department of Defense functional liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Defense's new health record is changing the way the military health care system operates. With MHS GENESIS, military practitioners have improved insights into their patient population through advanced data collection and analytics. In this session, learn how the U.S. military is consolidating its clinical data and analyzing the information to fine-tune its operations and improve patient care. Speakers will share what improvements they are already seeing at the first live military health care facilities, including how this information is being tracked and reported to key stakeholders as well as improving their localized and enterprise performance.

4. The Military Health Care Model: A New Level of Patient Engagement (Session #823)

Dr. Paul Cordts, Senior Executive Service, director of J-5 for the Defense Health Agency

CDR Christopher Tatro, chief medical informatics officer at Navy Medicine

By the end of 2017, the U.S. military will have completed deployment of its modernized EHR in its initial region in the Pacific Northwest. Part of this initiative includes the rollout of a new, centralized patient self-service tool. In this session, speakers will discuss how the expanded functionality is already improving communication between provider and patient and allowing service members and their families to better manage their own care. Military representatives will also review how the portal was built to meet and exceed the functionality offered by similar legacy communications tools, and how military health care staff went about changing its core operations to make this portal integral to patient communication.

Dr. Paul Cordts leads strategic planning around the complex challenge of building an integrated delivery system for readiness and health at the MHS as the director of J-5.

CDR Christopher Tatro is the chief medical informatics officer for Navy Medicine serving in the Pacific Northwest EHR implementation region, and he also serves on the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Implementation Team.

Cerner Health Conference (CHC) is Cerner's annual, industry-leading health care event, taking place this year from Oct. 9 - 12 at the Kansas City Convention Center. To learn more or to register for the conference and sign up for education sessions, visit the CHC website.

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