Tag Archives: House Veterans Affairs Committee

Denis McDonough Testifies Before House Panel on VA’s EHR Modernization Effort

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said he believes VA could meet its timeline for the implementation of its new electronic health record system amid setbacks with the EHR at its first go-live site in Spokane, Washington. He also agreed with lawmakers that clinicians at the Veterans Health Administration should play a key role in developing the requirements for the EHR platform.

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VA Secretary Denis McDonough Announces Review of EHR Modernization Program

Denis McDonough

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough announced a review of the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) modernization in a move welcomed by lawmakers. The review follows in the wake of a call from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the VA to stop the system roll-out to fix critical issues. 

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VA, DoD Propose Program Office for Electronic Health Record Efforts; Lauren Thompson Quoted

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.

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House Veterans Affairs Panel Seeking IT Experts to Monitor $10B Health Record Update

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.

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John Windom Offers Updates on VA’s EHR System Implementation at House Panel Hearing

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.

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David Shulkin: VA Should Focus on Commercial Software Adoption

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has said that VA should focus on the adoption of “commercially tested” software platforms for use in acquisitions, electronic health records and other business processes, FCW reported Friday. Shulkin, who received Senate confirmation in February, made the remarks Tuesday at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, …

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