Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

GAO: VA Should Address Existing Test Findings Prior to EHR System Deployment in New Locations

Electronic Health

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress implementing its electronic health record (EHR) system by performing end-user training, creating system interfaces and capabilities and making system configuration decisions, among other efforts. On Oct. 24, VA fielded its EHR platform in Spokane, Washington, with zero critical severity test findings. 

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Sean Ferris Named State OIG’s Acting Deputy Director for Data Analytics

IG's State STAS Report

The State Department has appointed Sean Ferris, a neatly three-year department official, to serve as acting deputy director for data analytics within its Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Ferris is a management and program analyst at State Department's OIG, serving as strategic planning and risk management officer within its Office of Enterprise Risk Management.

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Pentagon’s Testing Office Offers Recommendations to Facilitate MHS Genesis EHR System Deployment

Electronic Health

A report from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) office of the Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) recommends that the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with sufficient resources to support continued training, content development and other assistance during the deployment and sustainment of the MHS Genesis electronic health records system.

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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar," said Rep. Gerry Connolly.

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Report: Three Government Entities Turn to Tech in Response to Pandemic

Enterprise-Wide

The Partnership for Public Service and Microsoft have released a report on how three government agencies adopted technology platforms to expand existing services and establish a new function during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a chatbot to address the increasing number of inquiries, enabling call center personnel to focus on calls regarding urgent medical concerns and personal requests.

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VA Wraps Up Implementation of IT Updates for Vet Education Benefits; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rolled out information technology updates to enable the processing of education benefits. "As VA works to modernize processes, this milestone is an important step in our digital transformation journey — merging people, procedures and technology," said Robert Wilkie, secretary at VA and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner.

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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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