API-First Approach: Increasing Interoperability and Innovation Changes to Data Exchange across Healthcare

May 16, 5:30pm, EDT - 8:00pm, EDT

Advance Registration is now closed. Members and Non-Members can register onsite


Key Bridge Marriott, Rosslyn, VA
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ~ Blue & Orange Metro Line

Registration Rates:

Early Bird Ends: May 3, 2019
Early Bird Member: $55
Early Bird Non-Member: $65

General Rate Ends: May 10, 2019
General Rate Member: $60
General Rate Non-Member: $70

Late/At the Door Rate Starts on May 12, 2019
Late/At the Door Rate - Member: $75
Late/At the Door Rate - Non-Member: $85

Government: Free - Must present Government ID. Please note: Government Contractors are NOT eligable for Govenment Rate
Students: Free - Must present Student ID.

Tentative Agenda:

5:30 pm to 6:20 pm Networking with refreshments
6:20 pm - Chapter announcements & Program


CMS is leading the way with the new proposed rules in the evolving story of making the beneficiary/Veteran/consumer the primary decision maker in the use and access of their data.  This applies to the roadmap of interoperability and generally opening access to health records. Agencies who lead healthcare are constantly evaluating their plans for open access to healthcare records, interoperability, quality measurements, payment model and related methodologies. This panel will explore how are agencies are monitoring and learning from each other to define governance and increasing inoperability with quality focused patient data and records.


  • How is HHS, VA and DHA defining and responding to open data access plans?   
  • What are the challenges in alignment between the agencies and their planning? 
  • How can the Governance challenges be addressed?
  • Patient matching is the core for much of these efforts –  how can a set the national standard be defined and how have those challenges evolved?
  • What policy changes are you facing and how are you addressing them in the short and long term?
  • What obstacles are you facing as a single agency application that you looking to sister agencies to help solve?


  • Col. Thomas Cantilina, USAF, Chief Health Informatics Officer and EHR Deputy Functional Champion, Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Mariann Yeager, CEO Sequoia Project
  • Kenneth Rubin, Director of Standards & Interoperability for the Office of Knowledge-based Systems, Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  • Mark Scrimshire, Entrepreneur In Residence, Medicare Blue Button 2.0 Innovator at CMS
  • Drew Myklegard, Acting Executive Director, Demand Management, Enterprise Program Management Office, Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs 


  • Karen Kimbro, Federal Civilian Strategic Sales Executive, Lexis-Nexis