Agency News: Veterans Affairs


VA, DOD agree on joint platform for e-health records, Shinseki says

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have come to an agreement on creating a joint platform for their electronic medical record systems, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told a Senate subcommittee today.

Wounded warriors' care impeded by incompatible systems

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments set up a special program in 2007 to coordinate care after the negative publicity about gaps in care at Walter Reed. But there are still gaps because of their information systems, according to a new report.

State lawmakers oppose open source for VA health records

Five Wisconsin lawmakers are urging the VA and Defense Department to consider the benefits of a single vendor for an electronic health record system, according to a Nextgov report.

VA attacked for poor use of Facebook, other social media

Veterans Affairs Department officials are confronting criticism that they are not doing enough to reach veterans on Facebook and social networks.

Recharging the CIO

As the Obama administration looks for more from CIOs, experts discuss the authorities and skills CIOs must have to be successful.

VA improving IT performance, CIO says

After two years, CIO Roger Baker says he's seeing improvements in VA's troubled IT operations.

White House wants 'disruptive' shift in IT strategy, Kundra says

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra pushes for a major change in federal IT strategy away from asset ownership and toward buying IT services.

VA CIO says department has $700M carryover money for IT

The Veterans Affairs Department's IT budget is facing cuts in fiscal 2012, but there is $700 million in leftover funds from previous years, says CIO Roger Baker.

IT management is key to security, CIO says

Government IT security lags behind the private sector because of a lack of centralized budget operational authority, VA’s Roger Baker said.

DOD, VA prepare recommendation on joint EHR for late March, official says

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have been working on a joint strategy for using electronic health records.