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VA Taps Nonprofit Corporation for EHR Program Cost Determination Work

Electronic Health Record

Paul Brubaker, deputy chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said that VA has enlisted the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) to help calculate the potential life cycle cost of VA's program to implement a new electronic health records (EHR) system

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VA Working on 5G, Augmented Reality-Enabled X-Ray Vision for Doctors; Thomas Osborne Quoted

Thomas Osborne

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) healthcare innovation office is eyeing the use of wireless 5G and augmented reality (AR) to enable the superimposition of medical imaging on patients. Thomas Osborne, National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) director, explained that the goal is to provide doctors with an “X-ray vision” of their clients “for safer and more effective procedures."

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VA Exec Neil Evans Named Department’s Acting CIO

Neil Evans

Neil Evans, chief officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Connected Care, has been appointed to serve as the VA's chief information officer on an acting basis. He will fill VA's top information executive role, succeeding Dominic Cussatt, who has transferred to the State Department. VA's Office of Connected Care develops and implements digital health strategies across the agency.

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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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AI-Focused Veterans Affairs Organization Shares Best Practices With Other Agencies

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The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Artificial Intelligence Institute is sharing its expertise with other agencies to develop a catalog of artificial intelligence use cases. The institute has shared input with the Veteran Engagement Board, the Data Governance Council and other federal agencies to create a reference for AI uses.

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NCAA Exec Donald Remy Nominated to VA Deputy Secretary Post

Donald Remy

Donald Remy, chief operating officer and chief legal officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), has been nominated as deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the White House announced Friday. His career also includes time as deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice and a senior vice president at Fannie Mae's legal department.

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President Biden Nominates Maryanne Donaghy, Seema Nanda for Key VA, DOL Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials Maryanne Donaghy and Seema Nanda to assume leadership roles at the departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Labor (DOL), respectively. Donaghy received a nomination for assistant secretary for accountability and whistleblower protection at the VA while Nanda was nominated to serve as DOL solicitor. 

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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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CISA, NSF, VA Senior Leaders on 5G Deployment, Modernization Issues

DOD 5G Network

Bob Kolasky, assistant director of the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), said the key to 5G implementation is having software security tools to isolate sources of risk and prevent subsequent vulnerabilities. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) official said that isolating elements will make networks easier to handle and enable tech teams to “deal with issues as they emerge.”

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