The Veterans Affairs Department is upgrading its infrastructure and beginning data migration to prepare for its upcoming implementation of a new electronic health record that’s interoperable with the Defense Department.
VA Secretary Shulkin’s agenda for the upcoming year is full of initiatives across the department, from improving morale to implementing interoperability in health records to realigning infrastructure.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments sent answers to Congress about the oversight and timeline of joint electronic health records.
The Veterans Affairs Department has a few more details about its 10-year contract with Cerner Corporation with a new, interoperable electronic health record with the Defense Department.
The Veterans Affairs Department indicated more key announcements are coming soon about the next steps for its major electronic health record project.
The Veterans Affairs Department faces many challenges with its decision to abandon the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and adopt a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record. But with a high dollar amount and big stakes comes as even larger culture change, federal IT experts said.
The Veterans Affairs Department may get a big budget boost in fiscal 2018 under the president’s proposal. Most of the additional funding will go toward health care, both in and outside the department. But the budget proposal does suggest cuts, and lawmakers said they’re concerned by possible spending reductions to VA information technology and medical research.
Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the organization’s vision for serving the healthcare needs of the warfighter. April 11, 2017
The Veterans Affairs Department is only one of many major health care providers that use MUMPS. It could end up spending those billions to replace it with what it has already.
The Defense Health Agency is rationalizing the hundreds of medical devices, programs and applications within military hospitals to make sure that they first can achieve interoperability with the Pentagon’s new electronic health record. DHA Director Rear Adm. Raquel Bono said a new definition of “interoperability” is driving the department’s initial work with the EHR.