May 14-17, 2018
Washington D.C.

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Bringing Quality Care to Our Veterans: The VA's Top 5 Priorities for 2018

VA Secretary David J. Shulkin summarized  his plans to use the 2018 budget request towards improving veteran services. The 2018 budget request for discretionary funding totals $82.1 billion (including medical care collections), of which $66.4 billion was previously provided as the VA Medical Care 2018 Advance Appropriation. The budget request for mandatory funding totals $104.3 billion.  While Secretary Shulkin acknowledged the VA has made noteworthy improvements in delivering benefits to veterans, more must be done. We have outlined the details of Secretary Shulkin's top five priorities for improving the quality of  service provided to veterans by the VA.

Insights Into Telehealth & Transplant Advancements

In this exclusive article, experts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs share with us how they are addressing the advancements in Telehealth & Transplant technology as well as challenges, solutions and the road ahead for veterans affairs.

Training Beyond the Uniform

In this exclusive interview with Combat & Casualty, MG Richard Thomas Commander (Outgoing) Western Regional Medical Command, Director (Incoming) Health Care Operations, Defense Health Agency talks about the primary advances to address the needs of combat casualties. In addition, MG Thomas discusses the challenges regarding lessons learned on today’s asymmetric battlefields

New Techniques and Technology to Improve VA Healthcare

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is exploring new techniques and technologies to enhance patient treatment and caregiver training, amid increasing demands from a mushrooming veteran population. In addition to meeting the needs of aging 20th century vets, the VA health care system is trying to cope with a surge of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts seeking physical and mental health services.

Five Countries: Five Approaches to Veteran Programs

A lot of veteran programs worldwide face similar challenges to the U.S., often with lesser budgets. Prior to the VA Healthcare Summit in May, we have highlighted the recent developments taking place in veteran programs across the globe. This whitepaper takes a look at Canada, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Glancing at the latest developments and "best practices" of other countries could help to inspire new policies for veterans. 

Breakthrough in IV Safety

IV catheter placement remains the most common invasive hospital procedure performed worldwide. This whitepaper summarizes the clinical research that established the operational capabilities of the ivWatch device, and formed the basis of the data submitted to the FDA in support of the ivWatch 510(k) Premarket Notification.

Do We Know Enough? Better Evidence for Combat Casualty Care

This article by CDR James V. Lawler, Deputy Director, JC2RT states the outcomes and improvements made by evidence based medicine (EBM). In addition, it will show you the importance on why clinical trials are essential for the continues development of combat casualty care

Interview with Danny Pummill, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits, VA

Danny Pummill, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs discusses some of the current challenges facing the VA, and what is being done to address them.

The Significance of the 13 Areas of Improvement for Veterans Affairs

The dire need for improvement in the business processes within The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has been a source of much discussion over the past few months. With the appointment of David Shulkin as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in February has come renewed hope and need for greater accountability. In his May 31st State of VA report, Shulkin detailed 13 areas within which the department will be working towards improvements.

VA by the Numbers

Here is a glimpse into The President’s 2017 budget for Veterans Affairs as well as key investment areas, focus areas and some key facts and figures on where the department stands today.

Solving the Health Needs of Third World Countries

Colonel Horvath is Board Certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine for 40 years. In this interview, he shares his opinion on the most pertinent health hazards facing combat and non-combat deployed troops today.

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2017 Audience Breakdown Heat Map

IDGA's largest healthcare program, VA Healthcare Summit, has captured the attention of the industry. More then 100 professionals of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks are attending. This map details the regions the attendees represent, and gives you a breakdown of this years audience.

Current Attendee Snapshot

In this current attendee snapshot, you will find the titles and agencies of the men and women who lead the effort to care for our veterans on a daily basis and who have signed up to be in attendance.


Every 65 Minutes, 1 Veteran Lost: National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide

You may know that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates a veteran takes his or her own life about once every sixty-five minutes on average. This alarming statistic highlights the stark reality of post-deployment healthcare, especially in rural areas. In the following IDGA exclusive interview, Alice Franks, speaks about the importance of rural based strategies, including community response teams, and her role as Co-Founder of the ‘National Alliance to End Veteran Suicides’.

Veterans Are Great

This is how great veterans are!


Case Study - Private Cloud for PCI and HPPA Compliance

This case study, provided by Datapipe, discusses how the U.S. Federal Government imposed changes to health care reimbursements, and how these new mandates propelled Presidio to transform their business model into a more technology-enabled services company. In Datapipe, Presidio found a trusted guide to provide an end-to-end solution for cloud computing and colocation while addressing PCI and HIPAA compliance needs. Datapipe meets all FISMA moderate controls and FedRAMP requirements andis uniquely positioned for the needs of government through award-winning customer service, best of breed IT management applications, and next generation global data centers. Gartner positions Datapipe in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America and in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia Pacific. Recognition is based on Datapipe’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Single Use Optics on Ophthalmology

This paper addresses the functional and cost advantages of single use ophthalmic lens for both clinic and surgical functions. These lenses are the first in the category to provide a solution to Joint Commission infection control standards while decreasing the need for reusable medical equipment. The paper provides a cost-benefit analysis based on the VA hospital model. Discussion over the benefits of single use optics as well as the risks associated with reusable lenses is included.

Does Your Headache Treatment Plan Include Targeted Thermal Therapy?

Does your headache treatment plan include targeted thermal therapy? Evidence for thermal therapy application as primary or adjunctive headache relief.

Informed Glycemic Control Program Improves Community Health

West Tennessee Healthcare, a public, not-for-profit healthcare system participated in a glycemic control program to improve patient safety, care quality and patient health, while reducing the cost of care, average length of stay (ALOS) and hyperglycemic and diabetic patient readmissions.

Integrated Analytics Reduce Readmission Risk at Medical Center Health System

Medical Center leveraged McKesson Analytics Explorer™ to develop a readmission risk dashboard to provide access to key data at a glance. The
solution helped to automate the process of finding patients at high risk for readmission, where the opportunity for improvement was greatest. Tracking these patients’ experiences enabled Medical Center to analyze the effect of transitional care on readmission rates as well as patient satisfaction and overall costs.

The Development of an IRB Approved Integrative Model to Improve Pain Management

Our society's overuse of opiates while failing to manage chronic pain has necessitated a paradigm shift in the way that we treat it. After exhaustive analysis, the DOD's Pain Management Task Force and the Institute of Medicine came to the same conclusion that there is a need for improved, integrated care and professional collaboration, to make discovery, and to discern comparative effectiveness of various treatment options and modalities.

Rauland Responder 5: The VA's Nurse Call Solution

As a proud GSA partner, Rauland believes in helping the VA to provide the best care possible for veterans. More than 100 VA hospitals rely on Rauland for their nurse call communications. Download this whitepaper to learn about how Rauland is helping the VA measure, evaluate, and benchmark quality and efficiency at medical centers nationwide.


Telehealth: Developments and Advantages

Dr. Ali Sonel, Chief of Staff at the Pittsburgh VAMC, discusses telehealth as it currently is utilized in the VA healthcare field, current applications underway in the implementation of telehealth, and next generation telehealth solutions and their benefits to veterans.

Providing Strategic Guidance at the VISN Level to Enhance Overall Patient Experience

Dr. William Patterson, Network Director, VISN 15 discusses:

  • Identifying areas of improvement and creating effective policy measures to combat them
  • Establishing a culture of continuous improvement and transitioning the VA into a high performing organization
  • Implementing a shared vision across a region

Pain Management Methods: Prescription Alternatives

Dr. Donald McGeary, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, presents on underlying mechanisms of pain processing in military veterans, factors that contribute to the misuse and abuse of opioid medications, and how our knowledge of pain processing mechanisms and opioid misuse factors inform healthcare for pain management in the VA.

Managing the Continued Improvement of Clinical Care in Today’s Veteran Population

Thomas Lynch, MD, Assistant Deputy USH for Clinical Operations and Management discusses:

  • Ensuring the delivery of exceptional care to the Veteran population
  • Streamlining operations to minimize preventable mistakes

PTSD in Women Veterans

Tara E. Galovski, PhD is the Director of Women’s Health Sciences Division at the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System. She presents on analysis of exposure risks for women in combat, barriers to effective treatment and management for women, and intervention choices and successful navigation of the recovery process.

Influenza Immunization: Helping to Prevent Disease in Older Adults

Robert B. Belshe, MD, Dianna and J. Joseph Adorjan Endowed Professor of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine discusses:

  • The Impact of Influenza Disease in Seniors
  • The Impact of Influenza Vaccine in the Senior Population
  • Responding to a Need: Fluzone High-Dose (Influenza Vaccine)
  • The Post-Licensure Efficacy Study
  • Product Information and Summary of Key Points


Continuum of Care: Moving Health Services from DoD to VA

One of the challenges of Veteran healthcare is the smooth transition of men and women from the DoD to VA health services. According to Dr Carie Rodgers, Associate Director, VA Center of Excellence, “we are working very hard to make sure returning military members know about VA services and know how to access those services”. This IDGA exclusive examines the latest updates and advancement being explored for the future of healthcare for Veterans, including the ability to reach Veterans in rural areas of the United States.


Out of the Fire: Into the Fight – Warrior Transition Battalion

In the following exclusive interview, LTC Michael Cepe, Executive Officer of the Warrior Transition Battalion, examines the diagnosis of those enrolled in the battalion, and explores the various educational, physical, and career initiatives available to the warriors, and how this assists with rehabilitation and reintegration. Through a  ‘Triad of Patient Care,’ soldier/patients are ‘transitioning’ to restore their health in order to return to service, or due to medical prognosis, will rehabilitate into civilian life.

Veterans Affairs Healthcare Summit 2017

Here are some facts about the current state of VA healthcare, and some information on what you can look forward to at this years event!

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