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Adam Patterson

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Adam Patterson is a staff writer/researcher for GovCIO 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 is modernizing business lines through a digitalization program that integrates data inputs into more reliable and easily accessible services.

The agency is using capacities like RPA to expedite FOIA review, decreasing the time between request and document release.

The agency is mobilizing a comprehensive experience treating disease and its modernized health IT system around supporting the effort.

The agency is looking to implement large-scale information security reforms designed to meet White House goals and counter an evolving threat landscape.

The budget eyes prioritizing new allocations for mental and physical healthcare, facilities modernization.

Internal consultation on use cases, integration within existing services allows agencies to best position new capacities to modernize their organization.

Development teams throughout the Veterans Health Administration have debuted new prototypes that bolster the agency’s attention to continuity of care.

Agencies looking to transform their IT systems and core services are driving change through comprehensive data integration.

Data released by external surveys show the agency’s facilities outperforming community hospitals in key areas.

The recent executive order has given shape to a broader move across federal agencies away from a reliance on perimeter security.

The Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled new programs to expand veteran compensation and associated claims processing automation.

The agency is developing new data sharing and review capacities to get ahead of the benefits and claims backlog.

The agency is looking to expand childcare benefits, compensation and other forms of support given to its nationwide workforce.

The agency is currently reevaluating how respiratory, auditory, and mental conditions are qualified within its disabilities and compensation program.

Agencies are creating an in-house foundation of expertise and processes needed for advanced projects.

The acquisition is one of the health IT sector’s largest buys.

Workforce absence due to unprecedented Omicron wave has caused a delay in certain VA health care reforms.

The agency will shift the timeline for future rollout sites.

The agency’s newly released LGY roadmap lays out investment in APIs, centralized dashboards designed to streamline the homebuying process.

New efforts are calling for better data sharing and interagency collaboration to fight service member suicides.

Federal agencies are focusing on data interoperability and knowledge-sharing partnerships to support increasingly advanced research initiatives.

The rollout of VA’s EHR system is now planned for early 2024 as notable executive movements take hold.

Integrated EHR systems have shown considerable benefits for advancing both individual patient care and public health.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning capacities are allowing analysts to produce quicker, more streamlined assessments.

The agency’s 2021 iEX conference showcased new developments in custom prosthetics care, hearing recovery.

The agency has started paying out the pledged benefits to veterans exposed to chemical agents during the Gulf War in addition to compensation for those who served in Vietnam.

The agency adopted a new artificial intelligence policy focused on building out existing capacities while fostering veteran trust.

The agency’s medical 3D-printing network is improving the patient experience.

The agency’s care integration plan will bring all financial functions under one roof.

The agency is working with academia and private sector partners to close the care gap between underserved populations.

As federal agencies embark on larger cloud transformation programs, government technology leaders are paying attention to the foundations for building in comprehensive cybersecurity.

The agency has continued to refine the modernization efforts used to support a remote workforce and the overall COVID-19 response.

The agency's VETS program has focused on applying new IT capacities and partnership with other agencies to provide additional resources for veterans.

The agency is looking to bolster its workforce to complement digital capabilities in claims processing.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been dispatching medical personnel and other support to areas impacted by extreme weather activity.

Information-sharing and analysis of large quantities of public health and health care data has been vital for informing the federal programs used to contain the pandemic.

Investments in records digitization and partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration has allowed the agency to streamline its benefits program.

Technologies and communication strategies helped the agency see the first annual decline in suicide since 2005.

The agency’s investment in IT modernization has allowed the agency to provide critical services more effectively and to a broader range of veterans.

The agency will be instating public health precautions to halt the spread of the Delta variant and protect the health of veterans and caregivers.

Dr. Neil Evans brings experience with health IT management and digital modernization to his role as VA’s tech executive.

New cloud efforts will enable unified but distinct military operations in joint domain operations.

The agency is endeavoring to guide its artificial intelligence capacities through a foundational integration of AI ethics principles.

Tech modernization and the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed major agencies to embrace IT security that protects against newfound vulnerabilities.

SaaS solutions have demonstrated widespread potential for reducing both the financial resources and human capital necessary to streamline the IT systems of federal agencies.

The new strategy aims for operational decision-making and smoother integration of new capacities across the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Pentagon's cloud office lead discusses the shift away from the JEDI cloud contract and what this means for its data modernization goals.

Hiring for a variety of skills and backgrounds will ensure the defense community has the scope of talent necessary to fully modernize and maintain its strategic edge.

Federal agencies have refined their cybersecurity practices to adapt to both newfound threats and the broad shift to remote work.

The agency will begin providing gender confirmation surgery to transgender veterans.

Work on DOD's health care informatics platform continued during COVID-19, including preparations to implement the program in Hawaii and San Antonio.

The modernization and consolidation at Veterans Affairs and DOD appears to be aiding delivery of care, continuity of treatment and overall information security.

The implementation of RPA capacities across federal agencies are streamlining repetitive tasks and overall expediting the delivery of key services.

Efforts to address veteran feedback and reform business lines appear to be increasing overall satisfaction with VA services.

Wide-reaching funding increases are impacting services that provide essential veterans care, including mental health and coronavirus research.

Digitization of claims and records has led Veteran Affairs to more efficiently allocate benefits.

Secretary McDonough said the agency will increase its scope of benefits provided to veterans exposed to chemical agents during their service.

The agency will launch new capabilities within its interactive application for the public to give tribute to veterans digitally.

Military services are using automated development practices in the adoption of new technologies and to safeguard IT security.

A Dcode report notes agencies will increasingly tackle critical modernization areas in remote collaboration, artificial intelligence and more.

The agency has encouraged cross-departmental collaboration and adoption of best practices to combat misuse of benefits.

The agency's Million Veteran Program is advancing precision care and treatment for underrepresented populations.

The agency is working to ensure veterans who need remote care are given the resources to overcome financial hardship or a lack of internet access.

Federal AI adoption emphasizes collaboration and efforts to develop objective data models.

DHS is working to secure supply chains and leverage new standardization to protect IT networks.

Secretary McDonough said with easing demand for vaccines, the agency is preparing care for long-haul COVID patients.

The agency invested resources into new applications providing access to critical services and information during the pandemic.

Secretary McDonough and Rep. Mark Takano say the proposed bill would overhaul the agency’s infrastructure and health care facilities.

The need to provide remote care amidst COVID-19 has put new emphasis on the importance and uses of remote monitoring for patient care.

Smaller firms found plus sides of the remote environments in the competitive contracting space.

Federal cybersecurity experts emphasize the importance of capabilities like zero trust to prevent future breaches.

The agency is implementing new logistical networks and modes of distribution to ensure equitable access to vaccines.

Emergency investments in telehealth and digital services allowed for broader access to VA health care that will persist beyond the pandemic.

The newest branch of the Armed Forces is bolstering its mission through a dynamic approach to technology development.

The agency’s ongoing investment in digital services, cloud computing and overall IT modernization has allowed VA to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine with exceptional speed.

Secretary Denis McDonough said the agency will be able to accelerate vaccine distribution with the passage of the American Rescue Plan.

The intensive demands of the pandemic have encouraged knowledge sharing and formalized practices of AI for health care research.

The agency's contracting and development process reforms lead to quick turnarounds for artificial intelligence capacities for the American warfighter.

VA data leaders discuss how expanded clinical capabilities are supporting veteran suicide prevention.

Greater connectivity and information-sharing capacities are helping expedite services and expanding new frontiers of data usage.

Dcode is one leader showing how iterative design and testing methods accelerates adoption of new technologies.

Investment in electronic health records has fostered productive collaboration between agencies.

The Defense Department's IT support agency is taking a modernized and streamlined approach to tech contracting.

A data repository is bolstering the agency's overall modernization program and consolidating data efforts.

Modular contracting can allow federal agencies to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach in software development and delivery.

2020 initiatives and stated plans from Biden suggest an ongoing dedicated to crisis outreach, suicide prevention and mental health counseling.

The agency has laid the foundation for stronger remote care infrastructure that will persist beyond the pandemic.

Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough positioned to lead America’s largest civilian agency.

VA and HHS has used financial support along with a focus on instruction to encourage remote care.

Knowledge-building is essential for organizational adoption of artificial intelligence and DevOps practices.

Health information consolidation is laying groundwork for public health advances

Government executives recognize that process reorganization is necessary for leveraging new technologies.

A cohesive data strategy will guide both health records modernization and improvements in lifelong care.

Cerner implementation is encouraging efficiency reforms across both VA centers and community providers.

Efforts currently underway to improve rural health care and treatment access will help support future efforts to end the pandemic.

The agency prioritizes IT developments amid shifts in workforce and health care.

The demands of a sudden remote work shift have fostered an integrated approach to cybersecurity.

Training and sharing of practices within and across agencies are vital for successful DevOps.

NIH, HHS are looking to advance data sharing and openness as a means for advancing health management.

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.