The departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense plan to establish a dedicated program office to oversee decision-making on health record modernization efforts, Federal Times reported Wednesday. VA is working to develop an interoperable system for transitioning servicemen into the veteran community.Read More »
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking additional public comment and a contractor for an initiative that will support full, network-to-network sharing of health information across the U.S.Read More »
Government officials discussed the challenges to federal health care innovation during an event hosted by the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary for health services policy and oversight at the Department of Defense, cited poor change management and slow procurement process as obstacles to innovative projects.Read More »
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the panel faces challenges in hiring information technology specialists who will help lawmakers monitor the $10 billion electronic health record overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nextgov reported Monday.Read More »
Pat Flanders, chief information officer of the Defense Health Agency, said he is looking forward to the adoption of a commercial electronic health record, according to a report in Government CIO Media on Monday.
He is seeking to implement best practices to support the agency's efforts to deploy new technologies in tandem with industry.
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are looking to establish a single position of authority who would oversee activities regarding an electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday. James Byrne, acting deputy secretary at VA, said at a senate appropriations hearing that VA considers to have one arbitrator to make decisions on the health record when there are disagreements between the two departments.Read More »
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is requesting James Gfrerer, chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to address the VA’s information technology problems as its newest CIO, according to Tester’s letter dated Jan. 11. Tester cited a number of issues the VA’s Office of Information and Technology has been facing, including the inefficiency of the department to provide GI Bill housing stipends; modernizing the VA’s Electronic Health Records; and the need to go beyond maintaining current IT systems for the department’s medical centers.Read More »
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on a draft strategy to reduce regulations and reporting requirements for clinicians when using health information technology, such as electronic health records.Read More »
John Windom, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ office of electronic health record modernization, has said VA has created 18 workflow councils and completed state reviews of the first implementation sites since it initiated the adoption of a new EHR system, Healthcare Informatics reported Wednesday. Windom appeared before the House Veterans Affairs Committee's technology modernization subpanel Wednesday to provide updates on VA’s implementation of a Cerner-built EHR platform.Read More »
Dominic Cussatt, deputy chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, told Government Matters in a video interview that aired Sunday about VA’s information technology modernization priorities. He discussed how VA deploys Cerner’s electronic health record system to replace the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture.Read More »