Strong showing for the HIMSS-NCA Program on Public Private Partnerships for NHIT Week


Tony Meyer, President of the Board of the Directors for the HIMSS-NCA kicked off the first program of the 2014-2015 season with a resounding, “We’re going to mixed things up this year!” As President-Elect for next year, I will be working beside Tony to bring the chapter to new heights. This will include increased membership participation, timely and critical educational programming, volunteer opportunities and charitable activities. Last night’s topic: “Creating the Marketplace for Health Innovation: Public-Private Partnerships – Success Stories of Transformational Models” offered active dialogue and discussion with the audience of government staff, vendor community and business development leads from local Washington, DC companies. Senior leaders from federal agencies and organizations including the Defense Health Agency, ONC Federal Health Architecture Program, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Health Data Consortium and a well-respected Patient Advocate all shared their hands-on experience with public-private partnerships (P3).

Steven Hoffman, Scientific Program Manager, Research Partnerships at the Foundation for the NIH, opened the evening highlighting efforts at the Foundation for the NIH. The Foundation has been at the forefront of business and medical research innovation in terms of adopting the P3 model for specific initiatives (such as the Biomarkers Consortium, the recent Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) initiative, and others). Each panelist shared their unique ways in which strategic and targeted P3s offer an alternative approach to fostering cutting-edge research and/or addressing population health needs, and how P3s harness government and private sector resources and capital to open new avenues for supporting innovation in health care. Some of the valuable keys they shared for a successful partnership include:

  • Tackling a significant unmet medical need
  • Applying a robust scientific rationale and design
  • Pursuing a compelling economic premise
  • Enlisting the support of willing, innovative partners (public+private)
  • Securing sufficient funding
  • Providing leadership (a champion)
  • Engaging a trusted third party
  • Committing the necessary time, dedication, sweat…and flexibility

The September program concluded with all panelists identifying numerous P3s as a mechanism by government to finance better healthcare infrastructure, biomedical research and clinical service delivery. They represent a solution, bringing private investment to healthcare in a beneficial model for private enterprise and resource-constrained governments.

Please plan to attend the October 16th program focusing on Health IT Acquisitions: Navigating the Needs and Requirements of the Program vs. Procurement Organizations. Don’t miss out!


About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets.

Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments.

Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry’s top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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