Healthcare IT In Government

July 1st at 12pm

Program will discuss:

  • Current Status and Progress Made in Healthcare IT & with the NHIN
  • Best Practices & Benefits
  • Challenges or major hurdles to still overcome
  • New Technologies Advances
  • Vision for The Future for Healthcare IT & NHIN

Dr. Doug Fridsma – Director, Office of Interoperability and Standards,Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
COL Hon Pak – AMEDD Chief Information Officer, MEDCOM G6, US Army
Chuck Hume – Deputy Chief Officer for Health Systems, Veterans Health Adm., Dept. of VA
Ray Sullivan – Vice President-Health IT, General Dynamics Information Technology
Tom Conway – Director of Federal Business Development, McAfee
Dr. Michael Cowan – Director-Federal Healthcare Practice, Deloitte

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.


Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

Dr. Doug Fridsma
Office of Interoperability and Standards
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Dr. Fridsma is the director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Prior to arriving at ONC, Dr. Fridsma was on the teaching staff in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University and had a clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Dr. Fridsma completed his medical training at the University of Michigan and his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. He has served on the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Board of Directors, and was appointed to the HIT Standards Committee in 2009. He resigned from the Health IT Standards Committee when he joined ONC.

Chuck Hume
Deputy Chief Officer for Health Systems
Veterans Health Adm.
Dept. of VA

Mr. Charles C. Hume was appointed to his current position in the Office of Health Information in April 2010. He concurrently serves as the Customer Advocate for Health in the Department’s Office of Information and Technology. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Director of Enterprise Systems Management in the Veterans Health Administration since September 2007.

Background Before coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Hume served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Military Health System, Department of Defense. Mr. Hume is a Veteran and a retired Colonel in the Army Medical Service Corps. He served in a variety of positions spanning 27 years of military service, with a concentration of experience in medical information technology and healthcare administration. In his final military assignment, he was the Chief Information Officer for the Army Medical Department where he was the principal advisor to the Army Surgeon General on all aspects of information management and information technology. He has also held Chief Information Officer positions at Madigan Army Medical Center, the Army Medical Department Center and School, and the 18th Medical Command in Seoul Korea.

Education Mr. Hume graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982. In 1992 he received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. He graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1993.

Professional Affiliations Mr. Hume is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. He is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Ray Sullivan
Vice President-Health IT
General Dynamics Information Technology

Ray Sullivan currently serves as vice president of Health IT Solutions for General Dynamics Information Technology. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sullivan was executive director of Veterans Administration Office of Information & Technology, Operations and Development. In this role, he led the integration of Veterans Affairs IT field operations into a one-VA IT department. In September 2006, Mr. Sullivan was appointed by the Deputy Secretary for Veterans Affairs to serve as the director of VA National Data Centers Program. In this capacity he was responsible for developing and directing a VA national data processing strategy that over time will consolidate the number of data centers within the VA.

Mr. Sullivan assumed the position of executive director for VA IT Field Operations in 2006 as one of the architects of the VA’s IT Realignment. In this role he had direct authority over 4,500 VA IT field based staff and all IT systems and services. He was responsible for formulating the national IT policy and strategy to integrate and manage IT field operations for all of VA, integrating new operational policies and providing executive oversight of VA IT field operations and directing national IT initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Sullivan was the CIO for VA’s largest Veterans Integrated Service Network which served the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Mr. Sullivan has spent more than 38 years in Government Service between the United States Marine Corps and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Sullivan belongs to a variety of professional organizations such as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and actively participates on several National Councils and Boards. He has been recognized for his leadership and contribution to the Department of Veterans Affairs receiving local and national awards, including the National Kenneth Kizer Quality Achievement Recognition Award; the Robert W. Carey Quality Award; and the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award.

Tom Conway
Director of Federal Business Development

Tom Conway is McAfee Security’s Director of Federal Business Development. In his role, he shapes McAfee’s going forward strategy in serving DoD, Civilian, and Intelligence community client requirements as well as the cybersecurity needs of Defense Industrial Base prime contractors.

A 22 year veteran of the Federal IT industry, Tom has worked in progressively more responsible positions at market leaders including Northrop Grumman IT, Falcon Systems, and Zenith Data Systems. A native of Northern Virginia,Tom holds a BBA from James Madison University and a MBA from George Mason University, both in Virginia. Mr. Conway is active in associations such as USO and AFCEA. He maintains an active TS security clearance.

Dr. Michael Cowan
Director-Federal Healthcare Practice

Dr. Michael Cowan serves Deloitte as a Director in the Federal Health Care practice, providing thought leadership, client relations development, account management and strategic planning for the Federal Health Sector. Here, Dr. Cowan serves as the Chief Medical Officer, responsible for clinical leadership and public health consulting. He leads the development of new service offerings and the strategic recruitment and development of practitioners. Prior to Deloitte, Dr. Cowan served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare Solutions at Oracle, Inc. providing clinical oversight and guidance to Oracle account teams, strategic account management, and the Oracle Health Transaction Data Base. Before that he worked with the U.S. Navy Medical Department, culminating as the 34th Naval Surgeon General and Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. As Senior Medical Advisor to both the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations, he was responsible for leadership, guidance and management for more than 40,000 personnel working in 120 medical, dental, research and teaching facilities worldwide, as well as medical forces deployed with the Navy and Marine Corps around the world.