Chief Business Operations Manager
HIT Innovation and Technology Development Division
Defense Health Agency
Rolando Estrada is a highly qualified and recognized, action-oriented IT professional with more than 16 years of experience within the IT community and a proven Program Manager for both the new DHA-HIT and prior to that for US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) as well as their execution Command NAVMISSA leading technology operations and initiatives across large-scale complex organizations.
Rolando serves as the Business Operations Manager for the MHS CTO and Deputy Director of the Innovation and Advanced Technology Development Division, one of six divisions under the Defense Health Agency’s Health IT Directorate. In this role, he is responsible for the Management and oversight of all of the Business Operations to include a budget of over $20M for major programs, Research and Development and various new Innovative Projects.
Rolando provides leadership in the developing and managing of centrally-coordinated process to identify, research, develop, test, and evaluate innovative health IT capabilities, tools, and/or solution sets that can ultimately be deployed at an enterprise-level to help improve the DOD patient and provider experience. He also provides strategic guidance and leadership in the development of policy and process to stream line and effectively manage small to large programs.
Prior to the establishment of the DHA, Rolando was Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), providing strategic leadership and day to day tactical oversight of all the programs for the OCIO. He served as the Navy representative on multiple joint boards for the development of policy and strategy of multiple medical and business initiatives within the MHS. In his role as the COO, Rolando directed and monitored the deployment and sustainment of approximately 80 Navy Medicine and centrally managed IM/IT programs and systems across the Navy Medicine enterprise.
A veteran of the US Navy, Rolando retired after 20 years of service as a Chief Hospital Corpsman prior to transitioning to Government civilian employment. He graduated from the University of Maryland obtaining a dual major in Health Care Administration and Business Management.
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The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) and The Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) announced their merger on May 31, 2018.
The merger brought together two non-profits with similar goals that provide professional development and collaborative forums for Federal government, academia and industry to identify, discuss and resolve emerging technology challenges.
GITEC Board Members who voted to merge with ATARC were: Michelle Barr, HUD; Walter Bigelow, ATF; Adriane Burton, HSRC; Rolando Estrada, DHA; Denise Hill, DOE; Luwanda Jones, VA; Robert Lahmann, SEC; Carlo Lucchesi, FBI; Darryl Peek, DHS; Chad Sheridan, USDA RMA; John Sprague, NASA; and Natasha Varlack, USDA AMS.
GITEC was established in response to a June 28, 1966 White House memorandum to provide a forum through which Senior Level Government and Industry Executives could share and collaborate in an open forum on Information Technology (IT) ideas, challenges and successes.
For over 50 years, GITEC organized and structured an impressive array of initiatives to focus on vital and timely issues affecting the direction and future of IT, including executive seminars, workgroups, summits, committees, and for 25 years, GITEC hosted the annual Information Processing Interagency Conference.
Beginning with its 25th anniversary in 2009, GITEC changed its focus to reflect a new era for IT professionals and a new Administration. In March of 2010, GITEC hosted its first GITEC Summit.
Similar to GITEC, ATARC expanded from its original focus.
Created in September of 2012, the Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center (AMARC) was formed in response to the Digital Government Strategy, which was released earlier that year. AMARC founder Tom Suder played a prominent role in the formation of the DGS and created ATARC to continue the dialogue between government, industry and academia.
AMARC hosted a pair of Federal Mobile Computing Summits before being asked by the General Services Administration in 2013 to hold additional events on the topics of Cloud Computing and IT Networks.
As AMARC’s collaborative focus changed from Mobile to Federal IT, so too did its name. In early 2014, Suder renamed AMARC the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center and within the next year, ATARC expanded its portfolio to include Cybersecurity, DevOps, Data & Analytics and Health IT events.
In 2017, ATARC published a 235-page report to the American Technology Council and Federal CIO Council entitled Navigating the Future of Mobile Services. Produced in the spirit of the Digital Government Strategy and in conjunction with the cross-agency Mobile Services Category Team, the report was a collaborative effort between more than 160 people representing 75 agencies, bureaus and companies.
In 2018, ATARC published its 25th White Paper in conjunction with MITRE as outputs from events in the ATARC Federal IT Summit Series.