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DHA Radically Reorganizes Health Network Structure

After 10 years of operation, the Defense Health Agency has reorganized its internal structure with the aim of better serving the internationally stationed joint forces of the U.S.

On Oct. 1, DHA ushered in the first phase of its restructure with the introduction of nine Defense Health Networks, or DHNs, replacing its previous 20 direct reporting medical markets, which each comprised clusters of military hospitals and clinics. Defense Visual Information Distribution Service said last month that every military hospital and clinic worldwide will report to one of the networks.

Leading the DHN Continental as interim director is Rear Adm. Tracy Farrill, a distinguished U.S. public health official. Farrill will deliver the afternoon keynote address at the Potomac Officers Club’s Dec. 6 Healthcare SummitRegister here to join this exclusive networking opportunity, which will gather the most prominent names in the government contracting healthcare space, with a particular focus on the defense sector.

Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland

Of the reorganization, DHA director, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. and Wash100 Award winner Telita Crosland said, “The Military Health System is changing … changing how we organize to counter threats that surround us, how we deliver care on the battlefield or at home, and how we leverage the tools and technologies of this digital age to better service our patients.”

The restructuring is positioned as a standardization that will allow DHA to meet diverse yet interrelated international military healthcare needs with consistency and strength.

The POC Healthcare Summit will continue and deepen the conversation on bringing warfighters the healthcare technologies and systems they need to survive and thrive. The event will also feature contributions from two important Department of Veterans Affairs leaders: Director of VA Innovation Angela Curtis and Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Health Delivery Lauren Alexanderson. For the industry perspective on similar issues, SAIC Vice President for the VA account Karen Brazell will moderate a panel on patient privacy.

The event will take place at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park in Virginia. Sponsored by LMI, SAIC and Noblis, the symposium brings together the sharpest minds in healthcare for a productive day of networking and topic-focused panel discussions. Register here to participate!

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