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

MHS Genesis

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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VA Uses API Tech to Facilitate Data Transfers With Third Parties

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses a platform that allows for secure data exchanges between the country's veterans and third-party organizations. VA plans to further develop API services in support of health data collection and management. The department also wants to apply API technology to appeal submissions and engagements with other federal agencies.

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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar," said Rep. Gerry Connolly.

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Report: Three Government Entities Turn to Tech in Response to Pandemic

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The Partnership for Public Service and Microsoft have released a report on how three government agencies adopted technology platforms to expand existing services and establish a new function during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a chatbot to address the increasing number of inquiries, enabling call center personnel to focus on calls regarding urgent medical concerns and personal requests.

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VA Wraps Up Implementation of IT Updates for Vet Education Benefits; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rolled out information technology updates to enable the processing of education benefits. "As VA works to modernize processes, this milestone is an important step in our digital transformation journey — merging people, procedures and technology," said Robert Wilkie, secretary at VA and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner.

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Horace Blackman Joins CGI Federal’s Healthcare and Social Services Practice; Steven Sousa Quoted

Horace Blackman

CGI Federal has appointed Horace Blackman as senior vice president of Consulting Services for the Health and Human Services market, within the company’s Healthcare and Social Services Practice (HSSP). “We welcome Mr. Blackman to CGI Federal’s Health and Social Services Practice team,” said Steven Sousa, CGI senior vice president of Consulting Services. 

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Gil Alterovitz: VA’s Artificial Intelligence ‘To-Go’ Delivery Model Gaining Traction

Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said more than 12 VA sites plan to pilot AI modules developed as part of the department’s AI “to-go” delivery model. He announced in July 2020 that the development of an AI module that helps VA’s health facilities predict an individual’s risk for COVID-19.  

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VA Officials Share Insights on Initial Cerner EHR System Deployment; Pamela Powers, Dominic Cussatt Quoted

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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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VA Details 2020 Digital Transformation, Pandemic Response Efforts; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a year-in-review report on VA's information technology efforts to help former servicemen better access services. VA said Wednesday its Office of Information and Technology highlighted major IT investments in service delivery platforms and primary data systems in the report titled "Driving Digital Transformation at VA."

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VA Names Federal Tech Vets Paul Brubaker, Todd Simpson to Leadership Roles

Paul Brubaker

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently appointed federal technology veterans Paul Brubaker and Todd Simpson as deputy chief information officer in the account management office and deputy assistant secretary for DevSecOps, respectively. Both appointees aim to help the VA Office of Information and Technology build up its reputation as a unified customer experience provider to U.S. military veterans worldwide, the department said Wednesday.

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