Main Day Two

Morning Keynotes

9:00 am - 10:50 am Morning Registration and Meeting Setting

10:50 am - 11:00 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

11:00 am - 11:30 am VBA’s #BestYearEver: Aggressively Pursuing Excellence

Margarita Devlin, MA, CRC - Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Benefits Administration provide a variety of benefits and services to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families across the country. In doing so it requires a culture of innovation, collaboration, and efficiency to ensure these rightfully earned benefits can be delivered at the point of need.


  • Providing Veterans with the benefits they have earned in a manner that honors their service
  • Ensuring strong fiscal stewardship of the money entrusted to us by taxpayers
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration
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Margarita Devlin, MA, CRC

Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for Veterans, the enactment of Executive Order 13781 made sizable efforts enhance quality care for Veterans by improving coordination of services in the areas of population health; education and training of health care professionals; research, academic affiliations; engineering services; and human resources (HR). 


The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and Office of Research and Development (ORD) will realign under the new Discovery, Education and Affiliates Networks (DEAN) office to foster a collaborative environment that will address the most complex health concerns facing Veterans, while improving medical care for all Americans.


-Fostering a collaborative environment that will address the most complex health concerns facing Veterans

-VA MISSION Act Educational Initiatives

-Expanding VA affiliate networks to expand care capabilities for our nation’s Veterans 

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Carolyn Clancy, MD

Deputy Under Secretary for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks (10X), Veterans Health Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Automating Workflow to Transform the Delivery of Patient Care to Our Nation’s Veterans

Drew Koerner - Healthcare CTO, ServiceNow
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Drew Koerner

Healthcare CTO
ServiceNow

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Megan Atchley

Health & Human Services, Director, Adobe Public Sector
Adobe

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Kelly Wenner

VA Account Executive, Digital Experience
Adobe

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Engaging Older Patients in Digital Health to Improve Asthma and COPD Outcomes

Jennifer Johns - SVP of Strategic Accounts, Propeller Health
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Jennifer Johns

SVP of Strategic Accounts
Propeller Health

Track Sessions

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Understanding the Demands and Unique Needs of VA Business Partners

Drew Myklegard - Executive Director Demand Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The demand management division provides a VA enterprise-wide services that will enable VA to capture business needs, architect, engineer, monitor performance, ensure program alignment, and successfully provide cloud solutions in support of VA IT Modernization. Enabling a defined process for accepting business partner requirements and prioritizing them throughout the VA organization is of critical importance/


  • Understanding where demand currently sits across the VA for its business partners 
  • Technology modernization efforts to meet necessary business needs
  • DMD current priorities
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Drew Myklegard

Executive Director Demand Management
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Current IT Purchasing Trends and RFI’s of Note from Industry: What does Industry want to know from the VA?

Candace Brandmayr - Director of Engineering Services Division, Technology Acquisition Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Current TAC priorities and trends
  • RFIs from Industry; what does industry want to know
  • Interoperability challenges
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Candace Brandmayr

Director of Engineering Services Division
Technology Acquisition Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Implementing R&D pharmacogenomics in clinics; lessons learned
  • Genomic medicine R&D aimed at improving mental health
  • Genomic lines of effort across Million Veteran Program
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Dr. Ronald Przygodzki

Director, Genomic Medicine
Office of Research and Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA Virtual Medical Center is a learning environment for Patients, Providers and Staff. The VA Virtual Medical Center makes it easy for veterans and providers from around the world to connect and share information efficiently and effectively inside a virtual world. The VA Virtual Medical Center Is Implementing a Vision for a Virtual Healthcare Campus for our Veterans


  • History and purpose of the Virtual Medical Center 
  • Current activities and partnerships
  • Future of the vmc platform
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Brian James

Associate Director eLearning VA Virtual Medical Center
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Afternoon Keynotes

As the top clinical priority for the VA, one requiring an all of Government approach to enable, preventing Veteran suicides is the top priority. With massive efforts across the Federal Government to prevent Veteran Suicide, our speaker will provide a strategic overview of the planning and oversight of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs and policies applied to community and clinically based settings within a public health paradigm. 


  • Implementing and reinforcing evidence-based community and clinical interventions 
  • Veteran suicide prevention emerging lines of effort
  • Collaboration across the Federal Govt and impact of PREVENTS 
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Matthew A. Miller, SES, PhD, MPH

Director, Suicide Prevention Program
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Networking Break & Meetings

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm COPD and Bronchiectasis: Co-Morbid Diseases that Demand Attention Now

Dr. Frederic D. Seifer - Medical Director of Population Health, St. Lawrence Health System, Potsdam, NY

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality globally, ranking third among causes of mortality with over 100,000 U.S. deaths annually. COPD is four times more prevalent among veterans than in the general population. Recent research has determined that, among patients with moderate to severe COPD, about half also have bronchiectasis. These are patients who make heavy demands, both clinically and financially, on the VA healthcare system while experiencing a significant reduction in quality of life. Dr. Seifer will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of these two co-morbid diseases and why this is of particular importance to America’s veterans.  


  • Each year, the VA provides care for approximately 1.25 million patients with a diagnosis of COPD. 
  • As many as half of these patients also have bronchiectasis.
  • It is these patients, with both COPD and bronchiectasis, who make the heaviest demands both clinically and financially on the VA healthcare system. 
  • Focused case-finding and targeted interventions can help reduce the healthcare burden and improve the lives of America’s veterans.
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Dr. Frederic D. Seifer

Medical Director of Population Health
St. Lawrence Health System, Potsdam, NY

Whether you are just starting your VA career or an experienced senior leader with hundreds of employees under your direction, we all are in a state of perpetual learning and growth. There are many opportunities across the VHA to help you along your leadership journey. Some of these opportunities emerge as formal leadership development programs at strategic points in your career. Others involve self-directed learning activities or deliberate growth experiences within or outside of your current role. This session explores how these various opportunities are drawn together into a leadership development roadmap for healthcare leaders in VHA. It addresses: 


  • Formal development programs for healthcare leaders in VHA
  • Self-directed and experience-based growth options for building healthcare leadership skills
  • Strengthening the succession pipeline for critical healthcare leadership positions in VHA
  • The critical role of supervisors in growing the healthcare leaders of tomorrow
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Lisa Anne Red, MSHA

Acting Director, Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute (HLTI) Veterans Health Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Martin Pellum

Program Director, Leadership Talent Management
Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Roche’s breakout room offers the unique opportunity to join an intimate discussion led by one of their Healthcare SMEs focusing on critical technology-focused topics across the US Dept. of VA.

Roche Interactive Discussion Group Breakouts

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Improving Clinical Workflows within a Diabetes Care Clinic; A Live Digital Health Solution Product Demonstration

E. Graeme Harvey - Digital Product Marketing Manager, Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
Adam Furge - Marketing Manager, Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
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E. Graeme Harvey

Digital Product Marketing Manager
Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.

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Adam Furge

Marketing Manager
Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.

5:15 pm - 5:25 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

5:25 pm - 7:30 pm Continued Networking Opportunities


7:30 pm - 7:30 pm End of Digital Day 2