Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

Gil Alterovitz: VA’s Artificial Intelligence ‘To-Go’ Delivery Model Gaining Traction

Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said more than 12 VA sites plan to pilot AI modules developed as part of the department’s AI “to-go” delivery model. He announced in July 2020 that the development of an AI module that helps VA’s health facilities predict an individual’s risk for COVID-19.  

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VA Officials Share Insights on Initial Cerner EHR System Deployment; Pamela Powers, Dominic Cussatt Quoted

EHR System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented Cerner’s electronic health record system at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, in October 2020 and VA officials said the initial go-live went smoothly. VA employees in Spokane used Cerner’s Millennium EHR platform to place more than 23,000 orders for admissions, medications and clinical tests during the first five days of deployment. 

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CDOs Expect 2021 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan to Include More Data Sharing Opportunities

Federal Data Strategy

The 2021 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan is expected to be released in December 2020 and agency chief data officers intend to see more partnership and data sharing opportunities in the next strategy. Kshemendra Paul said the VA is working with the Department of Defense on a joint analytics and data strategy

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VA Tests New AI Tool for COVID-19 Mortality Risk Prediction; Gil Alterovitz Quoted

Gil Alterovitz

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting a pilot of an artificial intelligence platform that could help predict a COVID-19 patient’s prognosis and address the individual’s treatment needs. A team at VA began working on the AI tool in early spring using collected data from over 11,000 patients.

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VA Migrates Data for Upcoming EHR Implementation; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finished data-related preparations needed for the new VA health record's upcoming implementation in the Pacific Northwest region. The migration allows health care practioners to visualize information via the EHR modernization system at the Washington-based Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. 

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Report: President Trump Plans to Name Basil Parker as Federal CIO, Camilo Sandoval as Federal CISO

Basil Parker

President Trump intends to appoint Basil Parker, chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the next federal chief information officer and Camilo Sandoval, former acting CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as federal chief information security officer. Parker would succeed two-time Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent

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GAO: VA Should Address Cybersecurity, IT Modernization Challenges

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implement security controls, manage information technology supply chain risks and establish elements of its cybersecurity risk management program as it pursues IT modernization efforts. VA has made strides when it comes to achieving data center consolidation goals and improving software licensing. 

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VA Data Breach Compromised Info of 46K Veterans

Cybersecurity

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that a data breach involving an online application used to handle medical payments compromised the personal data of approximately 46,000 veterans. The department’s Office of Information Technology will conduct a comprehensive security assessment before restoring system access to prevent data modification and unauthorized access.

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GAO Identifies 16 Mission-Critical Federal IT Acquisition Programs

IT Modernization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified and profiled 16 mission-critical information technology acquisitions of federal agencies. GAO said that federal agencies expect to generate cost savings from 13 of those mission-critical IT acquisitions once deployed due to a number of factors, including security improvement, legacy system shutdown and elimination of paper-based processes.

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VA Launches Patient Scheduling Tech

VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has rolled out a new tool meant to help care providers and patients schedule appointments efficiently. VA said Monday that it will deploy the Centralized Scheduling Solution at various health facilities to speed up patient-care coordination activities.

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