Military Health Summit

Military Health Summit

Military Health Summit
Military Health Summit
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Virtual Event

The Military Health System cares for over 9.6 million beneficiaries, saving lives on the frontlines of battle, ensuring the health of warfighter families, and fighting infectious disease around the world. As the MHS needs to remain agile and advanced in its delivery of care, this event will highlight how defense health officials are thinking about advanced technology, data applications and leadership to stay on top of the evolving landscape of both medicine and the battlefield.

April 15, 2021
11:00 am
Virtual event
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Commander Jean-Paul Chretien joined DARPA as a program manager in 2020. His interests include disease and injury prevention, operational medicine, and biothreat countermeasures.

Prior to coming to DARPA, Chretien led the Pandemic Warning Team at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Center for Medical Intelligence. A naval medical officer, his previous assignments include senior policy advisor for biodefense in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; team lead for Innovation & Evaluation at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch; and director of force health protection for U.S. and NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan.

A proud mentor to nine graduate students and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellows, he received the Rising Star Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, Best Publication of the Year Award from the International Society for Disease Surveillance, and Skelton Award for Public Service from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters.

Chretien earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Naval Academy, Master of Health Science in biostatistics and Doctor of Philosophy in genetic epidemiology degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general preventive medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and fellowship in health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA

Dr. Eppolito is a family physician and flight surgeon with 27 years clinical experience in the outpatient, inpatient and deployed environment while serving on active duty.  
He is currently the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) Chief of Telemedicine for the USAF Office of the Surgeon General.  He manage a $19M budget finding varied sources of funding from Congressional grants to research partnerships with university partners.   He supervises a staff of four in all aspects of the government acquisition cycle: executing programmatics, contracting & resourcing initiatives, resulting in an expansion of the telehealth program over the past 11 years to 33 initiatives in 15 different specialty areas.  He fosters working relationships with clinical functional groups and addresses community of interest needs to bring latest technology to the field.  He designed the world's largest digital radiology image archive and deployed a virtual radiology network with dynamic workload allocation to fix a radiologist manning crisis projected to save the AFMS $2.7M annually.  He created 22 computer based training tools where upon providers learn competencies in telehealth technologies such as VTC use, virtual reality, virtual world therapy for PTSD, phobias and addictions.  He brought endoscopic storage & transmission solution images/videos/reports to the ENT specialty, saving the AFMS $987K annually.  He augmented flier readiness at 238 flight medicine clinics by deploying the world’s largest archive of cardiology studies linked to the Aeromedical Consultation Service at WPAFB.  He facilitated access to remote care areas and expanded access to DoD/VA patients by chartering a joint DOD/VA Telehealth group to write federal tele-healthcare policy and governance.  Most successfully he championed the first AFMS eConsult service, Project ECHO, which grew to 11 specialties across the DOD/VA with a projected 10% drop in referrals to save the AFMS $10M annually.  Moreover, as an adjunct to his primary care role, he enrolled 5000 AD runners in an Efficient Running program, a longitudinal research study that has reduced running injuries by 30% and lessened the primary care clinic burden projected to save the AFMS $5.8M annually.

Chief of Telehealth, Air Force

Dr. Heroman is a neonatologist and the Chief Medical Officer for OptumServe, the UnitedHealth Group platform that provides information and technology-enabled health services to the Federal health market including the Military, VA, and CMS. As CMO, he has medical oversight of quality and health care delivery including the MHS Global Nurse Advice Line and the 3 VA Community Care Network contracts.

He is very interested in value-based care and coordinates telehealth for OptumServe. Most recently from 2013-2017, he was CMO for UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans (UHCM&V), the managed care support contractor for TRICARE West Region. He has expertise in healthcare delivery, in demand forecasting, demand and capacity management, and in mitigation strategies for any gaps. He has consulted in over 250 Military clinics and service lines since 2004, first as VP, Health Plan Design and Management, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and then as CMO, UHCM&V. His military medicine background is extensive and diverse including assignments at Naval Medical Center, San Diego as Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA and Force Surgeon, Commander, Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

Chief Medical Officer, OptumServe



Welcome Remarks


The Year Ahead for Military Health for Warfighter Readiness

As military treatment facilities continue their EHR modernization, consolidation into DHA, and treatment delivery, this keynote will examine the sweeping priorities and future look ahead at what’s in store for the Military Health System from top leadership.

  • Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, DHA*

Notes from the Surgeons General

The military services’ surgeons general lead their respective branches’ medical system, leading teams that deliver integrated health care and readiness systems that serve millions of beneficiaries. The surgeons general discuss the effects on technology for each of the services and how their missions and cultures affect what technologies have the most impact to advance military care.

  • Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle, Surgeon General, Army*
  • Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Surgeon General, Air Force*
  • Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Surgeon General, Navy*

Data and Emerging Technologies for Clinical Care Support

Emerging technologies like EHRs and data-driven decision-making have become core components of health care delivery. This panel will discuss how IT and medical service delivery are becoming increasingly integrated and what this means for warfighter readiness and clinical care advancements now and for veterans in the future.

  • Cmdr. Dr. Jean-Paul Chretien, Program Manager, Biological Technology Office, DARPA
  • Richard Thomas, President, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences*
  • Luigi Rao, Army MHS GENESIS Liaison Officer, Army Medical Command*

Connected Health and IoT

Connected health solutions, wearables, and telehealth were already on the rise in previous years, but COVID-19 brought new demand for remote health capabilities, care, and monitoring for patients and providers. Learn from leaders in the defense health space how they have been and continue to bring new mobile and connected health capabilities to the military health system.

  • Lt. Col. Antonio Eppolito, Chief of Telehealth, Air Force
  • Dr. Mitch Heroman, Chief Medical Officer, OptumServe
  • Dr. Kelly Blasko, mHealth Lead, Connected Health Branch, DHA*
  • Dr. Neil Evans, Chief Officer, Office of Connected Care, VA*

Closing Remarks