Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA initiative aims to improve communications with veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department is taking a number of steps to maKe it easier for veterans to interact with the agency by phone or via the Internet.

$1B in stimulus money at VA poorly tracked, IG says

The inspector general is taking the Veterans Health Administration to task for gaps in its oversight of contractors receiving economic stimulus law funding.

VA gets visibility with cybersecurity tool

A VA IT official said a new tool that provides an overview of all computers and IT devices on the department's central network should be operating soon.

VA mailed it in on FLITE contract, IG says

The Veterans Affairs Department's FLITE financial system modernization got behind schedule partially because VA personnel missed conference calls with the contractor, according to a new report.

VA completes automating claims processing system

Officials said the VA has sped processing time for new claims under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

VA, Markle push blue buttons to download personal health data

The Veterans Affairs Department and the Markle Foundation are promoting "blue button" applications that would allow patients to download their personal medical data from providers and insurers.

VA has NHIN pilot project in Indiana

The Veterans Affairs Department is testing how to exchange patient medical data electronically with private hospitals and doctors, this time in Indiana.

MUMPS to be retained for VA VistA system -- for now

Ending months of discussion, the top IT official at the Veterans Affairs Department came down in favor of retaining the MUMPS computer language for VA's electronic health record system.

Industry anticipates MUMPS decision on VA's VistA modernization

Industry members have strong opinions on whether the Veterans Affairs Department should retain VistA's existing computer language is it becomes modernized

VA sees problems in open-source development for VistA

The Veterans Affairs Department is evaluating whether to put VistA on an open-source development path.

VA data breach reports available online

The Veterans Affairs Department invites the public to view its monthly reports on data breaches and on lost and stolen laptops and BlackBerrys.

Baker: VA making progress on lifetime electronic record system

Veterans Affairs Department CIO Roger Baker said the VA is moving on the VLER project and expects a decision by year's end on the VistA modernization project.

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