Agency News: Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Administration runs competition for health IT ideas

The Veterans Health Administration has launched a contest to see which employees and contractors can dream up the best ideas for improving its use of health IT.

VA budgets $157M for virtual e-health record interagency office

The Veterans Affairs Department is forging ahead on its joint program with the Defense Department to create a Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Record.

Commerce loses, Education gains in IT spending

Most IT budgets would change little from fiscal 2010 under the Obama administration's budget.

VA freezes IT budget for 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department is looking at a flat level of $3.3 billion for information technology in fiscal 2011, but managed some increases for benefits automation and telemedicine.

Obama wants nearly $80B for IT projects

The administration has proposed only a small increase for IT spending in fiscal 2011.

DOD and VA achieve interoperability on health records, GAO says

The Defense and Veteran Affairs departments have finally met their goal of making their digital health record systems compatible, says a new GAO report.

Military Health System approves strategic plan for IT

The Military Health System released its 2010 to 2015 strategic plan for information technology that focuses on 10 goals.

VA, DOD seek assessment of virtual e-health record vision

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are hiring a contractor to analyze if Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record patient data can be successfully exchanged in a community.

Blog Briefs: Military spouses, Hollywood actors, health IT and vets debriefed

A roundup from the blog rolls of the federal government.

VA, Kaiser seek to expand health data exchange project

The Veterans Affairs Department and Kaiser Permanente claim success for their data exchange effort for about 460 veterans in San Diego.

VistA: Ready for its close-up?

VistA, the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic health record software, might be the apex of what digital health care has to offer, but it also has problems that have prevented more widespread use.

VA security scholarship program delayed until 2011

A program enacted in 2006 to help the Veterans Affairs Department beef up its information security expertise by offering financial assistance to doctoral students and those who recently earned doctorates still is more than a year away from awarding its first scholarship, according to a report made to Congress.

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