Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office will be a single point of accountability for EHR modernization, the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs said. But lawmakers are skeptical.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has the right leadership and contractors in place this time to resolve the department’s longstanding IT issues and prepare for Forever GI bill implementation.
IT at the Department of Veterans Affairs took center stage on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as the House Veterans Affairs Committee held two hearings in attempt to better understand the agency’s long list of challenges.
Lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said they’re still looking for more answers about VA’s budget, staffing and leadership plans for its massive, 10-year electronic health record modernization effort.
The organizational chart that maps out responsibilities for ensuring VA’s new electronic health record will work with DoD’s has 16 different boxes in it. That’s a worry for many lawmakers.
A nomination hearing for chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department comes as half of senior leadership positions within the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Office are empty.
New House Veterans Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) offered a preview of his oversight plans for VA’s electronic health record initiative.
The Defense Department and some lawmakers want to make the program, which lets troops take a sabbatical to go back to school or care for a sick loved one, a permanent fixture in the military.
Rep. Jim Banks wants to make the Career Intermission Pilot Program a lasting program.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three years after OPM’s data breach, members of the House Oversight Committee say the agency still hasn’t done much to modernize its IT.