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John H. Windom
Executive Director

John Windom

U..S. Navy Veteran John H. Windom is the executive director for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization. In that role, he leads VA’s effort to improve the delivery of Veteran health care by creating an interoperable electronic health record (EHR) solution across VA and the Department of Defense (DOD). This new EHR solution facilitates the secure transfer of active-duty service members’ health records as they transition to Veteran status, improving data analysis capabilities and leading to better health outcomes. He also successfully led the multibillion-dollar acquisition of the EHR solution under the former Program Executive Office construct.

Prior to his work for VA, Windom held the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy and was a program manager for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Transformation. He developed and implemented an acquisition strategy to transform the Navy’s 55 legacy human resource (HR) management systems to a state-of-the-market commercial HR product. Before that position, he served as Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program manager, where he led his team in the acquisition, testing, integration and deployment of a new EHR system to replace DOD’s legacy EHR in support of over 9.6 million military service members and other beneficiaries.

Windom was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and Bronze Star. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and other service, unit and campaign medals, awards and citations. Windom was selected as Defense Contract Management Agency’s Field Grade Officer of the Year in 2009.

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Dr. Laura Kroupa
Chief Medical Officer

Doctor Laura Kroupa

Dr. Laura Kroupa is the chief medical officer (CMO) for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). As CMO, she represents VA and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as a functional champion overseeing clinical strategy and planning efforts for the electronic health record (EHR) transformation. Her responsibilities include oversight of change management, training, deployment, process reengineering, clinical interoperability, data strategy and innovation for the EHR. Kroupa serves as the primary liaison between the vendor and the functional community and an interface between the VHA and Department of Defense EHR communities. Prior to joining OEHRM, Kroupa served as the chief medical informatics officer in Veterans Integrated Service Network 15, where she evaluated information technology (IT) systems.

Her key accomplishments include:

  • Designed and applied electronic medical records (EMR) and EHR software and applications.
  • Converted and analyzed medical and health data to ensure quality of care across multiple information systems.
  • Leveraged medical and health data to improve services and daily operations.
  • Trained physicians and other medical professionals in IT systems and applications, especially EMR/EHR and computerized physician order entry.

Kroupa has been actively involved in the field of health informatics for over 20 years, beginning with the implementation of VA’s Computerized Patient Record System. She has interest in informatics education, applied analytics and reducing EHR burden for clinicians.

Kroupa is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics and is an associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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John Short
Chief Technology and Integration Officer

John Short

John Short is the chief technology and integration officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). Through his instrumental leadership, OEHRM has successfully migrated more than 111 billion VistA health records of 23.7 million Veterans to VA’s new electronic health record (EHR) solution, as of August 2020. This migration of information enables advanced data analytics that will drive stronger connections between military service and health outcomes.

Short’s career in the VA began in 2010 with various roles in cyber security, architecture, EHR interoperability, and Joint DOD/VA management and implementation. Before he joined OEHRM, Short managed all aspects of the VistA Evolution (VE) Program strategy, budget planning, development prioritization, and briefings to U.S. Congress. Short also served as acting deputy director for the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA Interagency Program Office (IPO). In this role, alongside the director of the IPO, Short collaborated with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Standards Development Organizations. His work on the VE program and at the IPO fostered the collaborative work required for the future OEHRM vision.

Prior to joining the VA, Short ran his own consulting business. He also worked at Progress Telecom, Florida Power, Sprint, BellSouth, AT&T and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Short served in the U.S. Army as a signal corps officer in the 35th Airborne Signal Brigade and as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. He ran the Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort network hub for all communications.

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Eddie C. Riley
Chief of Staff

Eddie Riley

Eddie C. Riley serves as the chief of staff for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). Riley is responsible for the oversight and direction of all human resources, administrative, financial and strategic planning for OEHRM. He organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for the executive director to facilitate efficient decision making for program management, engagement strategy and fiduciary responsibilities to multiple stakeholders.

Riley previously served in the Office of the Secretary, where as the director of administrative operations he led human resources, budget, logistics, acquisition and information technology and provided overall support to VA’s top leadership. He has also served as the director of VA’s Veteran Employment Services Office. There, he was responsible for expanding and enhancing recruitment programs to increase the percentage of Veteran employees in VA and the federal workforce.

Riley’s 34 years of military, entrepreneurial and federal government experience have established him with broad and diverse insight. He served 21 years combined on active duty and in the Air Force Reserve.

As a Veteran, business owner, government consultant and federal employee, he has successfully led teams across diverse fields and disciplines, including equal employment opportunity, alternative dispute resolution, public affairs and marketing and strategic planning. He also managed a variety of human resources functions, including recruitment, staffing and training in organizations with budgets of over $1 billion. He is committed to leveraging his broad experience with employment in the government and private sector to advance the OEHRM mission of transforming health care for Veterans and revolutionizing health care for all.

Riley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Oklahoma.

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