Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA to save $37M through cutbacks in replacement scheduling program

The Veterans Affairs Department expects to generate $37 million in savings by cancelling portions of its Replacement Schedulinig Application Development program.

VA seeks vendor to automate Agent Orange claims processing

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to hire a contractor by the end of April that can automate processing Agent Orange claims by September.

VA and DOD expand health data exchange pilot

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are beginning a health data exchange pilot project in Virginia as the next phase of their virtual lifetime electronic record development.

VA may restore access to DOD medical record systems soon

The Veterans Affairs Department is working to fix remaining computer glitches that caused it to restrict electronic access to Defense Department patient medical record systems.

VA may revive canceled scheduling program

The Veterans Affairs Department has canceled its Replacement Scheduling Application Development program, for which it has spent at least $167 million, but it is likely to come back to life in a different form, according to a senior official.

VA pulls plug on failing IT projects, saves $54M

Veterans Affairs Department terminates its Enrollment System Redesign, Pharmacy Reengineering and 10 other failing information technology projects

VA's CIO is 'comfortable' with flat IT budget

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department's CIO, told a House panel today that although the fiscal 2011 budget is flat for information technology, it is enough to fulfill the department's needs.

VA has shortage of IT program managers, CIO says

The Veterans Affairs Department's CIO, Roger Baker, said today he's having trouble getting enough experienced federal IT program managers.

VA takes a leap of faith into telehealth

The Veterans Affairs Department is a step ahead of the rest of the federal government in promoting telehealth, also called telemedicine. Now VA is proposing to double its telehealth investment over two years. But without a broader federal strategy behind it, VA’s leap into telehealth is, to some degree, a leap of faith.

VA to implement IT-driven, patient-centered care model

In what it describes as a massive transformation, the Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to adopt a relatively new concept called patient-centered care that uses technology to keep patients informed and engaged.

Common standards urged for public, private data exchanges

Gail Belles, health care security director for the Veterans Health Administration, addressed the challenges of securing health data exchanges between federal agencies and the private sector.

VA launches Open Government Web site with IT dashboard

The VA today introduced its new Open Government Web site with a dashboard showing progress on the VA's IT projects and an idea forum to encourage public engagement.

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