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VA Begins Efforts to Create Pool of Candidates for Undersecretary for Health Position

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun its search for candidates as part of efforts to fill the role of undersecretary of health to oversee the Veterans Health Administration. VA is establishing a pool of candidates for consideration by the U.S. president. The department is looking for candidates with experience overseeing the operations of a large health care enterprise. 

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Prometheus Federal Services, Atlas Research Awarded VA Contract to Optimize Women’s Healthcare; Susanne Larkins Quoted

Atlas Research

Titan Alpha, a joint venture between Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Atlas Research, was awarded a new task order to evaluate, analyze, and improve women’s healthcare across the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare Systems (HCSs) and for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Women’s Health. 

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Denis McDonough: VA Rethinks EHR Project Management Strategy to Address User Concerns

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said that VA is considering developing an enterprise-wide framework for electronic health records modernization project governance after initial users of its new EHR platform voiced their concerns over the commercially built technology. McDonough added that the department also needs to adjust its timeline for deploying Cerner's Millennium platform to additional sites.

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VA Secretary Denis McDonough: Electronic Health Record Implementation to Continue With Changes

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, who leads the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as secretary, said VA will continue to roll out its new commercial electronic health record (EHR) with some changes. VA's Cerner-made EHR system will resume deployment following the 12-week strategic review on the platform's implementation program.

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Jon Rychalski: VA to Conduct Enterprisewide IT, Physical Infrastructure Review for EHR Program

Jon Rychalski

The Department of Veterans Affairs completed a strategic review of its electronic health record modernization program and Jon Rychalski, VA’s chief financial officer, told lawmakers Thursday that the department will also carry out an enterprisewide assessment of information technology and physical infrastructure needs for the EHR initiative.

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New Bipartisan Bill Aims to Bolster Federal Cyber Workforce; Sen. Maggie Hassan Quoted

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have presented a bill that aims to fortify the federal government's workforce of cyber professionals. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Expansion Act would establish two cyber training programs: one with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the other with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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VA’s OIG Offers Recommendations to Improve Integrating Non-VA Records Into EHR System

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) establish and implement standard operating procedures to improve scanning and indexing of non-VA medical records into the electronic health records system. The recommendations were made after the inspector general found that community care personnel did not always accurately encode non-VA records into the EHR system. 

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GAO: VA Needs Comprehensive Supply Chain Management Strategy

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) come up with a comprehensive strategy for supply chain management to address its acquisition management-related issues and better meet the needs of veterans. GAO made the recommendation after it found that each of VA’s initiatives to advance supply chain modernization and prepare for future public health crises faces delays.

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Atlas Research, Prometheus Federal Services Joint Venture Secures Contract to Support Integrated Research Enterprise Architecture

Atlas Research

Titan Alpha, a joint venture between Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Atlas Research, announced on Tuesday it secured a potential $1 billion 10-year contract to support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) in achieving an integrated research enterprise architecture. The contract was awarded on the VHA Integrated Healthcare Transformation (IHT) contract.

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VA Implements Use of Extended Reality Tech to Support Veteran Therapy

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing technologies that would allow veterans to virtually receive therapeutic treatment. The agency will launch a pilot program to evaluate the usability of virtual reality technology in a variety of therapeutic applications, such as neurological risk assessments and chronic pain management.

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