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Stephen Warren: VA Wants New Scheduling Module in VistA EHR System

EHRStephen Warren, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, said Tuesday the agency is interested in acquiring a commercial scheduling technology that can be integrated into its electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes that VA will hold a meeting with contractors and issue a request for proposals for the EHR scheduler module next week.

The agency wants to have a new medical appointment management tool in the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture by the end of fiscal year 2015, according to FCW.

Warren told a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that scheduling and other administrative functions within VistA are “not supported at the level they needed to have been.”

FCW reports that a recent internal audit has found that schedulers at 70 percent of VA health facilities use workarounds to the agency’s online appointment system.

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