John H. 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.
Joseph “Joe” Hart
Deputy Executive Director, OEHRM
U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph “Joe” Hart is the deputy executive director for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization. In that role, Hart assists the executive director’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.
Prior to joining VA in June 2021, Hart served in the Navy for over 28 years in the Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron aviation and acquisition communities. His operational experience includes the following: commanding officer of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Two; flying tours with Fleet Air Reconnaissance One, Special Projects Unit One, Fleet Patrol Squadron 30; and the 7th Fleet staff.
In the acquisition discipline, Hart had the following assignments: He served as the assistant program manager for logistics (APML) for the P-3 airframe; was an information technology (IT) program manager within the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) program office; and director of the Information Analysis department at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, where he oversaw IT development of big data engines and led the operational management of a 24/7 watch-floor providing disaster mitigation and targeting solutions to DOD, international partners, as well as federal, state and local agencies.
His last assignment, from 2018 to 2021, was in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security at the Pentagon.
Hart’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and Air Medal (three awards).
Hart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in defense and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Eddie C. Riley
Chief of Staff
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.
Acting Chief Medical Officer
Lynelle Johnson is the acting chief medical officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). In that role, Johnson serves as the clinical champion for VA’s electronic health record (EHR) solution, setting national clinical standards to transform the delivery of Veteran health care. Her responsibilities include oversight of change management, training, deployment, process reengineering, clinical interoperability, data strategy and innovation for the EHR.
Johnson has served VA for more than a decade. She joined OEHRM in 2018 as its chief nursing informatics officer and associate chief medical informatics officer. In those positions, Johnson advocated for the clinicians who will train on and use the new EHR. Previously, she served as chief health informatics officer for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10. Prior to joining VA, Johnson worked as a surgical nurse.
Johnson is a registered nurse. She holds an associate degree and Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Science in healthcare informatics from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Chief Technology and Integration Officer
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.