Tag Archives: VA

VA Hosting Detroit Veterans Business Expo in Late June

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo in Detroit from June 26 to June 29. The event will occur at the Cobo Center and the VA expects around 6,000 to attend. Attractions will include more than 200 business training sessions, online and …

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Army Labs Researching Shrapnel Effects, Treatments

Defense Department doctors are examining the effect depleted uranium and other metals have on wounded warriors in order to improve patient care, the American Forces Press Service reports. The Joint Pathology Center’s Biophysical Toxicology and Depleted Uranium/Embedded Metal Fragment Laboratories branch is conducting research of shrapnel taken from service members. …

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Eric Shinseki Says Returning Vet Numbers Behind VA Mental Staff Increase

The Department of Veterans Affairs will add an estimated 1,600 mental health clinicians. Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and nearly 300 additional support staff will join the VA’s current 20,590-strong mental health workforce. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the increasing numbers of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq place more responsibility …

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VA Plans to Stop In-Home Telehealth Copays

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to eliminate copays for in-home telehealth services starting on May 7, Mobi Health News reports. In a Federal Register notice, the VA said it will stop the copays unless it receives compelling negative complaints. The VA said it hopes the mandate will increase access …

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External Audit Examines VA Cybersecurity Practices

A recent audit found cybersecurity shortcomings at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fierce Government reports. Ernst & Young and Clifting Gunderson audited the VA as part of annual oversight required by the Federal Information Security Management Act. Auditors found that the VA’s central reporting tool had more than 15,000 outstanding …

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VA, Pentagon Introducing Early EHR System in 2014

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ merged electronic health records system could be available at two facilities as early as 2014, according to FierceGovernment IT. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said Wednesday that the joint electronic health records system will rollout to two facilities in San Antonio and Hampton Roads, Va. …

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VHA Looks to Have ER Triage Tablet by August

The Veterans Health Administration said it hopes to have emergency room triage software up and running by August, Fierce Mobile Healthcare reports. Orlando, Fla.-based DSHI Systems has provided the VHA with a call-center based triage service for 12 years. The VHA selected DHSI to develop triage software ER nurses can …

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Federal CTO Chopra Leaving White House

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is stepping down from his post, the White House announced Friday. A White House official told Federal News Radio that Chopra’s last day will be Feb. 8, but the official did not indicate Chopra’s future plans. FedScoop first reported Chopra’s departure and reports that some …

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VA Moving Electronic Health Records to DISA Data Centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will move its electronic health records to data centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said according to NextGov. The move is scheduled for March and is expected to be completed in a little more than a year, …

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VA Program Aims to Train Vets to Join Acquisition Workforce

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched its program for training wounded veterans to be contracting specialists in a three-year internship, Federal Computer Week reports. The VA Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce Program started Thursday through which veterans are trained to qualify for acquisition related careers. The program “leverages a …

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