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Adam Patterson

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Adam Patterson is a staff writer/researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where he covers IT and innovation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prior to joining the team in June 2019, Adam worked as a researcher at the National Defense University’s Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL) where he helped design war games and crisis response exercises. He has also worked at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Affairs performing research and analysis covering the Syrian Civil War.

Adam earned a Master of Arts in strategic studies and Middle East studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where he focused on insurgency, asymmetrical conflict and the social origins of mass violence.


The agency’s IT transformation initiative allowed VA to effectively adapt services around the demands of the pandemic.

Proposed legislation aims to expand VA mental health services.

A revolution in remote work and internet of things necessitates cybersecurity measures that cover the corresponding risk.

The agency is merging IT developments with patient outcomes and bridging the interoperability gap.

The agency is expanding community care and services for veterans in crisis.

The agency is moving quickly toward a cloud-native model supported by an agile development framework.

Cross-agency partnerships and remote collaboration tools are encouraging knowledge sharing and practical application.

The challenges of the pandemic have only reinforced the importance of using data insights to improve patient care.

The newly released guidelines aim to uphold government cybersecurity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency has rolled out new features of its VEText application to maintain physical distancing.

The agency is overhauling its procurement methods to keep pace with IT transformation efforts.

A cohesive IT framework is foundational for supporting a return to on-site activity.

The demands of a remote workforce have put renewed emphasis on instating zero trust and secure cloud access.

More details of the extent of the agency’s Fourth Mission reveal ongoing support for non-veterans.

The agency is coupling API development with a focus on human-centered design to lay the groundwork for both current modernization and future initiatives.

The MISSION Act led to improved reporting of staffing and vacancy data at the agency.

Successful AI and machine-learning capacities within health systems require a foundational attention to data quality and the broader care environment.

Recently implemented telework measures are allowing the agency to focus on the Cerner transition despite challenges in pandemic.

The agency has accelerated and reinforced various modernization efforts like telehealth, mobile capabilities and self-service tools.

Agency leadership is accelerating work on cloud adoption and remote information management to meet new challenges presented during the pandemic.

The Veterans Health Administration is taking a centralized, data-informed approach to the distribution of vital equipment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National COVID-19 Report Summary is part of the agency’s efforts to keep the public informed about the course of the epidemic.

Policymakers and IT leaders are looking for ways to better support an influx of Americans facing sudden unemployment and financial need.

A program with DOD helps bidirectionally share information with local partners.

Surafeal Asgedom oversaw extensive digital transformation across three years at the agency.

The social media conglomerate will be donating Portals video-calling devices to veterans and their families amid the pandemic.

New manufacturing techniques are closing shortages in necessary medical and protective equipment.

Expansion in telehealth services has allowed veterans to receive counseling even amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.

The agency is now delegating COVID-19 relief funding toward medical care and telehealth capabilities.

The agency prioritizes telehealth and virtual care, plus frequent data communication.

The agency is looking at how to best apply curated data sets to new use cases.

The agency appears to be allocating additional resources to both internal efforts and the national response as well.

Federal tech executives tout knowledge sharing and organizational reforms crucial for enabling remote work.

The agency is focusing on changes in training and culture that foster the adoption of agile development methodologies.

The agency sees iterative design and user testing as vital for improving VA services and incorporating new technology.

The agency is thinking through how to modernize while sustaining core functions managed under legacy systems.

Veterans Affairs is focused on advancing its modernization agenda through furthering existing achievements and fostering interagency collaboration.

Rep. Michael Burgess sees potential for future technology to improve medical care.

Technology experts across the federal health sector see customer satisfaction as the essential purpose behind implementing complex analytics.

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center emphasized the need for executive-level cyber education.

The agency intends to scale its electronic health records modernization based on learnings from other agencies.

The agency is creating datasets to foster artificial intelligence development through private-public partnerships.

Agency leaders are looking to apply artificial intelligence to create profiles that enable personalized and responsive care.

The agency looks to streamline its financial services system through tying IT reforms to a broader modernization push.

Changes among agency management may be a precursor for better utilizing talent from private industry.

The agency’s human capital managers see greater employee morale and new recruitment as essential to services.

The agency's finance chief highlights recent efforts to collaborate with other federal agencies in developing innovative uses of robotic process automation.

Data analytics and artificial intelligence processes require a pragmatic, mission-focused approach to innovation.

Experts in private-sector hiring see recruitment of industry executives as key for building federal human capital and preventing brain drain.

The department is committed to applying breaking methods in data analytics to further HHS’ public health missions.

The innovation team has focused on recruiting Air Force tech talent with an eye toward fostering broader change.

Federal CIO Suzette Kent described the fund's potential to drive federal IT innovation.

The current IT and customer-service modernization push is tied with the agency’s history and mission.

The initiative represents a step forward for VA telehealth and expanding the availability of specialized care.

The agency has focused on network diversity and limited tenure to draw tech employees to public service.

VA representatives emphasized private-public partnerships and tying research initiatives to improving business lines.

The agency is looking to further develop on-the-go prosthesis care for veterans with limited mobility.

The agency outlined plans to incorporate predictive analytics in comprehensive behavioral health treatment.

The standards agency is looking to combine private-public partnerships with a regimented approach to the internet of things.

The agency has outlined a dedication to fostering technical advances through a methodical approach to IT.

The technology could be beneficial toward improved and advanced patient care.

The agency's success in leveraging Totara Learn demonstrates the promise of open-source software.

Agency leaders linked complex IT modernization initiatives with improving customer experience.

The newly launched Veterans Legacy Memorial builds atop agency databases to create a living tribute to America's veterans.

Representatives from academia and the public sector discuss early-stage navigation of product management for federal IT.

Provisioning and deployment of support are initiatives VA hopes to influence reform in other agencies.

The agency's first-ever director of artificial intelligence lays out ambitious plans to leverage AI toward improved care.

Agency thought leaders have positioned the agency to become a development hub in applying 3D printing to patient care.

The VA enterprise cloud streamlines agency services and fosters advances in big data analysis and machine learning.

Information security veteran emphasizes the need to move past a detection-based model to a mathematically predictive model.

Modernizing the VA's electronic health records database could streamline the care process, assuming technical complexities are carefully managed.

Newly released Digital Compensation Claims Tool signals an era of innovation at the agency.

Combining practices from the private sector with advances in big data, the agency has begun systematically reshaping veteran care.