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VA Unveils Resource App for Veterans, Caregivers; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a smartphone application that works to organize and streamline healthcare resources into a unified location for veterans and caregivers. The Launchpad for Veterans suite will enable users to access VA apps from five different categories namely mental health improvement, health care team communication, vital health information sharing and quality of life improvement, the agency said Monday.

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DoD to Help VA Centralize Health Care Supply Chain; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency agreed to help modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' supply chain management. VA said Monday that it will gain access to DLA’s network of suppliers across the U.S. under the new partnership. The effort would centralize VA's ordering system to reduce risk, abuse, waste and fraud in the procurement of medical items.

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Harvard Medical School Professor Gil Alterovitz Named VA’s First AI Director

Gil Alterovitz, a biomedical informatics professor at Harvard Medical School and a White House presidential innovation fellow, has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as director of artificial intelligence. He leads the ongoing efforts to broaden the application of AI in department's research and healthcare programs and collaborate with third-party organizations focusing on the technology, VA said Wednesday.

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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy.

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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Feds Say ‘Small Wins’ in the Cloud Could Boost Adoption

Federal information technology officials said that agencies should promote small progress in their cloud initiatives to encourage larger adoption of the technology, Nextgov reported Thursday.  During the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Washington, panelists highlighted that confidence and trust would play a significant role in how agency leaders utilize the cloud. 

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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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VA Incorporating Customer Experience Principles Into CFR’s Core Values Section

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to add a set of customer experience principles to the core values and characteristics section of its Code of Federal Regulations, Nextgov reported Friday. “Maintaining a sustained organizational commitment to, and institutionalized focus on, the voice of the customer is a critical component of modernizing VA to meet the needs and expectations of veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors,” according to the final rule scheduled for publication on Federal Register Monday.

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