Agency News: Veterans Affairs

VA's VistA system is world-class but hard to maintain, says IAC's Meagher

The Industry Advisory Council is examining the Veterans Affairs Department's VistA electronic medical record system and wants to accentuate the system's good points while upgrading its outdated software.

House panel told of abuses in VA set-aside program

Veterans Affairs Department officials failed to punish business owners who lied to them to get a contract set aside for service-disabled veterans.

VA puts hospital data on

The Veterans Affairs Department is posting its annual hospital report card online for the first time, said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Open government officials to testify before Senate panel

A Senate task force plans to examine how technology can help measure how government agencies perform.

VA plans pilot projects for Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record initiative

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are seeking vendors for a series of pilot projects in anticipation of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program.

IG concludes that VistA outage compromised vets' health care

The inspector general's office has issued a new report criticizing VA for not following through on indications that VistA outages might be affecting patient care.

VA plans wide-ranging IT services contract

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to compete an extensive, multiple-award information technology services contract that would meet the department's software, hardware and engineering needs.

VA, Kaiser to exchange digital patient data

The Veterans Affairs Department and health care provider Kaiser Permanente are collaborating to share patient medical data electronically, starting in December.

IT security for medical devices a problem, officials say

Medical devices on the VA's networks make it difficult to ensure data security, two senior officials told a federal health IT panel.

Fake firms rip off SBA set-aside program for $100M

Agencies that award contracts to service-disabled veterans don’t check on whether a company is eligible for the special set-aside and millions are lost, GAO official says.

VA wants to share aging health IT system

VA CIO Roger Baker has asked IAC for help in formulating ideas to spread the department's health information technology system more broadly into the private sector

Craigslist founder to work with VA

Craigslist founder will help judge ideas on how to improve the way disability claims are processed for veterans.