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 »
President Donald Trump has signed into law a package of bills that would allocate fiscal 2019 funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and energy and water infrastructure. A White House fact sheet published Friday says the minibus legislation would appropriate $86.5B in funds for VA, including $1.75B for MISSION Act programs, $1.1B for electronic health record system modernization and $8.6B for mental health services.
Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the lack of a single body that would be accountable as the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs modernize and integrate their electronic health records systems despite the presence of an interagency program office, Federal News Radio reported Friday. The report said Congress mandated the formation of an IPO a decade ago to help VA and DoD facilitate EHR interoperability, but the office has seen its responsibilities reduced in recent years.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has said VA will work closely with the Defense Department over the next decade in efforts to deploy and ensure interoperability of their updated electronic health record systems.Read More »
James Paul Gfrerer, the White House’s nominee for the role of assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is scheduled on Sept. 5 to appear before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for his nomination hearing, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.Read More »
A house subcommittee dedicated to oversee a Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record modernization program will hold its first hearing on Sept. 13, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, has said the subcommittee will help determine the role …Read More »
House VA Committee Approves Institution of Technology Modernization Subcommittee, Rep. Jim Banks as Chairman
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has cleared the establishment of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization and named Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., as chairman. House Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and ranking member Tim Walz, D-Minn., announced June 20 that the new subcommittee will supervise the Department of Veterans Affairs‘ …Read More »
Robert Wilkie, the White House’s nominee for the secretary role at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has said the electronic health records system and information technology modernization are among his primary priorities once confirmed, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Wilkie told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at his nomination hearing Wednesday that …Read More »