Veterans Affairs

VA taps DSS for mobile patient scheduling tool
By Jessica Davis 08:44 am May 18, 2017
The $19.6 million contract will bolster patient access to care and is fully integrated with the VistA EHR.
VistA EHR Dr. David Shulkin

Dr. David Shulkin speaking at the Veterans Empowerment Collaboratory on May 9. Photo via Twitter

By Jessica Davis 01:28 pm May 11, 2017
Congress has continually railed on the Veterans’ Affairs EHR for being outdated, but its users say the platform is fast, secure and gets the job done.
Veterans Affairs VistA close VA facilities
By Jessica Davis 10:31 am May 05, 2017
Vacant and underutilized buildings cost $25 million each year to run, and closing these sites will let the VA reinvest in facilities with capital needs, Secretary David Shulkin says.
VA VistA David Shulkin
By Jessica Davis 01:52 pm May 03, 2017
Shulkin reiterated his July deadline for choosing the path forward for the outdated EHR to the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday.
VA big data program

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Dwight Burdette, Wikimedia Commons 

By Jessica Davis 01:51 pm May 01, 2017
The initiative will leverage artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and data from the VA and other federal resources to develop better treatments and preventative care for veterans.
VA vista

Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Acting Under Secretary for Health at the VA speaks during the Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C. on April 28.

By Jessica Davis 02:33 pm April 28, 2017
While the healthcare industry debates the future of the outdated EHR, VA’s acting undersecretary said the agency is still looking into all options.
By Jessica Davis 03:33 pm April 27, 2017
By advancing the EHR code base, rather than picking a commercial EHR, Veterans Affairs can modernize its proprietary software at a fraction of the cost, officials say.
By Jessica Davis 03:46 pm April 21, 2017
While the bulk of respondents to our poll picked the reigning EHR favorite, many think a different course would be the agency’s best option.
VA should choose anyone but Cerner to ignite EHR interoperability
By Jessica Davis 09:15 am April 21, 2017
Going with a different electronic health record vendor to replace VistA might force the industry to take interoperability issues more seriously, Chilmark founder says.
VA hospitals JAMA report

Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio, TX (via Wikimedia Commons)

By Jessica Davis 02:10 pm April 20, 2017
The agency scored higher on six of nine patient safety indicators, but still needs to work on behavioral health and patient experience, a JAMA Internal Medicine report finds.

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