Meet Thomas “Pat Flanders”, a true leader in the field. As the PEO for Medical Systems and Chief Information Officer (J-6) for the Defense Health Agency, Mr. Flanders leads the continuous development of an affordable, innovative, robust, and secure health information technology environment.
His expertise and dedication support our Combatant Commands, service members, and veterans, so they can receive the top-notch care they deserve. Let’s dive deeper into the incredible work of Mr. Flanders and the impact he’s making in healthcare technology.
Who Is Thomas Flanders?
Flanders is an experienced computer scientist working in the field for over 30 years. He’s got a wide range of expertise in system automation, personnel management, finance, and logistics. He even received the 2021 Federal 100 Award for his contributions.
When it comes to his speaking topics, he’s covered subjects like health IT modernization, the role of Data and APIs in the DoD’s modernization efforts, the Defense Health Agency’s electronic health record system, and the importance of cultural competence in healthcare.
Catch Thomas Flanders at the Potomac Officers Club’s Health Summit this 2023
Flanders recognizes the role of cybersecurity in healthcare and the constant need to stay one step ahead of emerging threats. He strongly emphasizes the power of collaboration and information sharing between government agencies and the private sector to enhance cybersecurity across the healthcare industry.
Healthcare providers must adapt to ever-evolving threats, cutting-edge technologies, and shifting patient needs.
By joining the 2023 Healthcare Summit hosted by the Potomac Officers Club on December 6, you can engage with top healthcare leaders, leaders, and decision-makers from the public and private sectors. It’s an exciting opportunity to hear Flanders and Tracy Farrill as speakers at the Potomac Officers Club’s upcoming healthcare event.
Register here to discover what lies ahead for healthcare innovation as the industry evolves.
This event will also bring together influential decision-makers from CMS, DHA, NIH, and other federal healthcare agencies. They will share their valuable insights on topics like the role of AI in healthcare, the significance of data sharing, enhancing the user experience, prioritizing human-centered design, achieving digital transformation, and much more.
Thomas Flanders’ Contributions to the Defense Health Agency
Thomas Flanders has contributed to the Defense Health Agency by leading the development of an affordable, innovative, robust, and secure health information technology environment. He has also overseen the transition to a single, consolidated network to modernize and standardize the enterprise’s health information technology infrastructure.
Flanders led the development of affordable, innovative, robust, and secure health information. He oversaw transitioning to a single, consolidated network to modernize and standardize the enterprise’s health information technology infrastructure.
Flanders was instrumental in the development of the Military Health System’s new electronic health record (MHS GENESIS) and two of the Army’s major Enterprise Resource Planning initiatives: the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) and the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Transportation Command’s, and Integrated Data Environment/ Global Transportation Network Convergence program.
His leadership has helped the agency onboard a connected network that ensures better global connectivity, centralized monitoring, better identity management, and a 24/7 365 Global Service Center help desk.
Flanders has also spoken about enterprise integration at the Defense Health Agency and the need to leverage technological innovations supporting DHA.
Past Speaking Engagements of Tomas Flanders
Thomas Flanders has been involved in some notable speaking engagements in the past:
He was a panelist at the Potomac Officers Club’s 4th Annual CIO Summit. This event brought together chief information officers from various sectors, including government and industry, responsible for driving modernization efforts and adopting new technologies. During this summit, Thomas Flanders and other top CIOs shared their valuable insights, tackled IT challenges, explored solutions, and built meaningful partnerships.
He also spoke at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Government Health IT Summit. At this event, they discussed healthcare technology (HIT) and medical solutions that can enhance patient care by promoting a unified and interoperable health IT approach. The goal was to improve the delivery of healthcare and ensure continuous, patient-centered care throughout a person’s life.
Additionally, Flanders kicked off the Health IT Symposium, highlighting the work of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) in electronic health records. He emphasized the areas of improvement in recent years. He also stressed the significance of the symposium as an opportunity for attendees to meet in person, engage in lively discussions, and start relationships with colleagues from the DHA.