Several Defense Health Agency leaders spoke at this year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Global Conference and Exhibition. The annual HIMSS event was Feb. 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, DHA’s assistant director for Combat Support Agency, gave the preconference keynote presentation Monday, Feb. 11. Payne spoke about the challenges and opportunities involved with implementing Section 702 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. It calls for DHA to assume control from the military departments of all military treatment facilities across the Military Health System. The first phase began Oct. 1 with the hospitals and clinics at Fort Bragg, Pope Field, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; Naval Air Station, Florida; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Payne also provided a thorough overview of the DHA mission. Also Monday, Army Col. John Scott, DHA’s data manager, spoke about data dynamics.