Tag Archives: Health IT

VA Waiting for Completed Strategic Review Before EHR Rollout Resumes; Carolyn Clancy Quoted

Carolyn Clancy

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said VA will pause the deployment of its new electronic health record (EHR) system to a second site in Columbus, Ohio until it has concluded and shared the results of a strategic assessment of the EHR program with Congress. In March 2021, McDonough announced a 12-week strategic review of VA’s EHR modernization effort. 

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Brian Goodger: NITAAC Eyes March Release of $40B CIO-SP4 IT Support Contract Solicitation

Brian Goodger

Brian Goodger, acting director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), said NITAAC plans to issue a request for proposals for the potential $40 billion Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners IV contract. He said NITAAC will adopt a three-phased approach to the evaluation of bids for the governmentwide acquisition contract to immediately address any potential complaints. 

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

Electronic Health Record

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

Electronic Health Record

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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HHS Unveils Online Resources for Health IT Standards Compliance

Health IT Standards

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has introduced online resources to help health IT professionals comply with new electronic health information system standards. The website also covers topics such as compliance date extensions, health IT certification and test procedures. 

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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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SAIC Names Sarjoo Shah as Program Management Director; Vishal Tulsian Quoted

SAIC Corp.

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has appointed Sarjoo Shah as program management director for the state and local health IT market. Shah brings more than 25 years of experience in government healthcare. He most recently served as chief information officer (CIO) for the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services.

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HHS Finalizes Strategy Against Regulation-Caused IT Burdens

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a strategy that addresses the health information technology burden caused by excessive regulation. The report, titled "Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs," tackles regulation-caused burden on the electronic health record, HHS said Friday.

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