Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

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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Gil Alterovitz: VA Tests Artificial Intelligence ‘To-Go’ Delivery Model 

Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said VA is testing an AI ‘to-go’ delivery model to help medical centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that one of those AI modules was embedded in a department’s patient dashboard for use by veterans.

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House Bill to Authorize $251B in FY 2021 Funds for Military Construction, VA

U.S. Capitol

A House Appropriations subcommittee passed a bill, by voice vote on Monday, that would provide $250.9 billion in fiscal year 2021 funds for military construction and veterans affairs initiatives. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive $104.8 billion in FY 2021 appropriations, including $12.5 billion in emergency spending to support veterans’ health care. 

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