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SC-05 - New Models for Telehealth at Scale: Strategic Telehealth Expansion Initiatives at DoD and VA

Monday, April 30
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Arie Crown Theater

The joint U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) panel will present brief overviews of both the
Military Health System (MHS) Virtual Health as well as Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Telehealth Services' accomplishments, joint collaborations, and highlight future strategic alignment of expansion initiatives in support of DoD Military Medicine and Veteran Health Care.

Antonio Eppolito

Chief USAF Telehealth

Dr. Eppolito is a family physician with 24 years of clinical experience while serving on active duty. He has performed clinical duties in the outpatient, inpatient and deployed arenas. He currently serves in the capacity of USAF Chief of Telehealth. In this position he has expanded the program to 33 projects across 13 specialty areas. His telehealth program's reach now ranges from deploying teleconsultation services to virtual patient encounters to leveraging mobile technologies. In particular, under his direction, the Air Force has made use of telehealth in the store and forward technology arena of enterprise imaging which includes teleradiology, telecardiology, telepathology and teleendoscopy. Additionally he governs the use of digital healthcare delivery in the form of synchronous eConsultation and live virtual video visits in support of tele-mental health, tele-medical nutritional therapy and tele-genetics.

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CDR Marc Herwitz

Chief Ancillary Informatics Officer
Navy BUMED

Following twelve years in private practice optometry, Commander Herwitz received his commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Navy in May 2001. Commander Herwitz reported for duty, August 2001, to Naval Hospital Great Lakes where he provided eyecare services for Navy recruits, active duty, family members and retirees, and served as the Department Head of Optometry.
In July 2004, Commander Herwitz transferred to Naval Hospital Lemoore, California where he served as Director of Clinical Support Services having contributed to the hospital’s successful Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists (CAP), AABB Laboratory reaccreditation and FDA recertification for the blood bank and mammography programs.
In August 2007, Commander Herwitz was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Brunswick, Maine where he served as the clinic’s Officer-in-Charge, directing healthcare services until closing the healthcare entity in March 2010 in accord with the Congressional Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) of 2005.
Commander Herwitz reported for duty in July 2011 to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL., whereas the Branch Clinic Head of the USS Red Rover, Branch Health Clinic 1523, he directed medical in-processing for approximately 40,000 new Navy recruits annually at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes. Additionally, he contributed as a member of the Organizational Performance Improvement’s Lean Six Sigma Team by facilitating numerous Lean projects impacting all six of the hospital’s campuses.
In September 2014 he reported to Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA), Yorktown, VA., as the Executive Officer (Chief Operating Officer) and Training Officer of the Tri-Service Optician School (TOPS). As Executive Officer he was instrumental in updating the organization’s production of high quality, cost contained eyewear through improving fabrication processes and upgrading advanced ophthalmic production capability. He promoted eye safety throughout the Department of Defense through transitioning the lens material of choice to impact resistant polycarbonate lenses for all eyewear manufactured. In September 2016, Commander Herwitz reported for duty to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Falls Church, VA., as Chief Ancillary Informatics Officer and Deputy Director of Clinical Informatics/M36.
Commander Herwitz is a 1988 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. He completed a Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2009 at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, graduating valedictorian. In 2011 he graduated from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA., with a Master in Military Studies (MMS). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal as well as other service medals. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Jennifer Holloman

Deputy Chief, Army Virtual Health
US Army

Ms. Jennifer Holloman is the Deputy Chief of Army Virtual Health at The Army Office of The Surgeon General (OTSG). In this capacity, Ms. Holloman supports the implementation of telehealth programs and initiatives across 18 time zones, over 30 countries / territories, and over 30 clinical specialties. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Army Virtual Health, she served as the Deputy Chief of Business Operations for the Behavioral Health Service Line where she was responsible for developing service line metrics and analyzing Behavioral Health related data specifically regarding disease outcomes, clinical workload, and program efficiencies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech, earning degrees in Business Management and Marketing and also received her masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Health Administration from Baylor University through the Army-Baylor program.

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John Peters

Deputy Director, Telehealth Services
Department of Veterans Affairs Office

John Peters is the Deputy Director for Telehealth Services within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Connected Care. John has been with VA’s Telehealth Services for the last 18 years, and has helped VA telehealth grow to current levels that served over 727,000 Veterans last fiscal year, which is about 12% of Veterans seeking VA quality health care. From VA’s central office John collaborates with clinical, technical, and administrative leaders to create national VA guidelines, policies, and equipment contracts to help enhance and expand telehealth services across VA’s network of 150 medical centers and 700 clinics, as well as VA telehealth services into non-VA sites including Veterans’ own homes. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987, and continued his studies at the graduate level in biomedical engineering at Georgetown University, where he received his Master of Science degree in 1992.

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LTC Francisco Dominicci

Chief Information Officer & Director Health IT
Colorado Springs Military Health System

John Peters is the Deputy Director for Telehealth Services within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Connected Care. John has been with VA’s Telehealth Services for the last 18 years, and has helped VA telehealth grow to current levels that served over 727,000 Veterans last fiscal year, which is about 12% of Veterans seeking VA quality health care. From VA’s central office John collaborates with clinical, technical, and administrative leaders to create national VA guidelines, policies, and equipment contracts to help enhance and expand telehealth services across VA’s network of 150 medical centers and 700 clinics, as well as VA telehealth services into non-VA sites including Veterans’ own homes. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987, and continued his studies at the graduate level in biomedical engineering at Georgetown University, where he received his Master of Science degree in 1992.

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