Informatics Research Seminar: Military Health Systems (MHS)– An Overview of Critical Clinical Information Exchange Solutions

April 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: David Parker, MD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar


The presentation will be an overview of the Department of Defense’s Military Health Systems (MHS) various clinical solutions, including (but not limited to) the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), the Bi-Directional Health Information Exchange (BHIE), the Health Artifacts and Imaging Solution (HAIMS), and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). These programs will provide a foundation for understanding how the military is enabling clinical interoperability for better patient care.


Dr. David Parker, Evolvent Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, is a board-certified Family Physician who has taken that knowledge, 8 years of practice in the Military Health System and put it to work over the past 17 years in the clinical information technology arena. He has a demonstrated ability to bridge these three domains (clinical, military, and IT) to form innovative designs and solutions.

Dr. Parker is widely known and respected in the health IT arena in the Department of Defense’s Health Affairs organization, and is constantly consulted as the person “who really knows what is what” with regard to modern health care interoperability standards as well as the DoD’s electronic health record and associated systems. He now is taking the lead in bringing this experience to a broader set of Health IT initiatives, such as health care interoperability, including the Nationwide Health Information Network and the government’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) efforts.

Dr. Parker has been at the forefront of the electronic health record (EHR) industry and a leader in the development of DoD health IT systems since the beginning of his career. He was the chief functional proponent and SME for the Clinical Integrated Workstation (CIW) project—the DoD’s first EHR effort/prototype. He led the functional design and requirements effort for DesertCare, the DoD’s first web-based EHR and one of the earliest to be utilized in “theater.” This application, discussed in Bill Gate’s book, Business @ The Speed of Thought, was deployed personally by Dr. Parker to a remote base in Saudi Arabia, where he installed the server and software, as well as trained the providers and technicians. The experience and knowledge gained from the CIW, DesertCare and several other EHR projects enabled him to be instrumental in the initial design of AHLTA, now the DoD’s enterprise-wide EHR- one of the very largest EHR implementations in the world. This has enabled him to be productively conversant in web, virtualization, database, SOA, ESB, Nationwide Health Information Network, HIE and other technologies, standards, and architectures.

Dr. Parker is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and completed a Family Practice Residency program at Scott AFB, IL.