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Mike G. Luby

Written by Mike G. Luby

Mike G. Luby is Ellumen's Federal Services Program Manager, offering clients and communities the benefits of his ten years of unique insights gained while tailoring federal health technology for achieving VA and DoD business goals. Mike is passionately dedicated to improving and streamlining health care for the nation’s Veterans and active duty military population. Read more about Mike’s career, or share your comments with him, on LinkedIn.

Recent Posts

Small Business, Big Benefits: How Small Businesses Fit into Bundled Contracts

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Nov 27, 2018 10:18:55 AM
The trend to consolidate or “bundle” large-scale Government contracts has become more prevalent in recent years as policymakers and Government offices strive to find new ways to sustain critical services at a lower cost rather than just cutting them. The perspective offered by Governments is that spending on fewer providers helps minimize costs, streamline efforts, and secure lower prices from suppliers—which translate into lower costs for taxpayers. This consolidation trend has received pushback, however, from groups representing the interest of small businesses such as the House Small Business Committee, because it arguably creates an unfair advantage in the bidding process when several unrelated goods or services are lumped together into a single contract. Despite the debate, the welfare and viability of small businesses should not be viewed as being at odds with more efficient business models and cost savings for taxpayers. In fact, the small business model facilitates the cost-saving and efficient outcomes that contract bundling endeavors to create in many ways that big business model cannot.
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Topics: Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Small Business

FHIR® Lights the Way to Transforming Interoperability at Veterans Affairs

Posted by Mike G. Luby on May 9, 2017 2:17:41 PM

As President Trump moves to fulfill his campaign promises, including Department of Veterans Affairs reforms, Secretary Shulkin and VA’s senior leadership are continuing VA’s business transformation efforts aimed at maximizing efficiency, embracing innovation and, most importantly,  providing our nation’s heroes with the superior quality healthcare and services they have earned. Secretary Shulkin has clarified a recent series of executive orders by reiterating there are no plans to privatize VA, but the department will move forward with a hybrid approach combining the best of VA’s capabilities with the best of the private sector. According to the Secretary, the VA will achieve this transformation by implementing “an integrated system of care” in which expertise and systems developed over years by the VA will be amalgamated with industry-leading services from the private sector. 

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Topics: FHIR, Interoperability, Veterans Affairs, Agile

Short Timeline, Small Budget, Big Results: Ellumen Ignites Interoperability with HL7® FHIR®

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Feb 8, 2017 3:03:58 PM


In 2015 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was facing a problem. As the VA OI&T organization was charging forward to align with target architectural goals and prepare for the next phase of clinical data sharing with the DoD and other partners the VHA clinicians were becoming concerned. Their clinical data sharing applications, used daily in the treatment of thousands of veterans, which provide access to longitudinal health data from the DoD were slated to be sunset, and a viable replacement was not yet available on the enterprise level. VHA clinical staff recognized that this issue was not just a mere inconvenience but had the potential to cause patient safety issues and negatively impact the overall quality of care provided to our nation's Veterans.

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Topics: Government Health IT, FHIR, EHR, Interoperability, Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Agile