Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs

Chopra: ‘Connecting the Dots’ of Health IT is Important Part of Job

White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra sat down with Healthcare IT News to talk about his priorities as the president’s top tech adviser as well as leading electronic-health-records initiatives, such as the Veterans Affairs Department’s Blue Button program. Leveraging technology to improve healthcare quality and lower costs, while only …

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VA’s Tech Budget Takes Hit; Shinseki Says IT Still ‘Key’

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2012 budget request for technology has taken a hit compared to the department’s request last year. VA is requesting $3.16 billion for IT for the coming fiscal year, which represents a decrease of about $3.3 billion from the 2011 budget request, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki …

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GAO Report on Gov’t Waste Targets IT Programs

The 345-page Government Accountability Office report, revealing “unnecessary duplication, overlap or fragmentation” in federal programs, landed with a thud on Congress’ doorstep earlier this week. And, as observers pick through its findings, detailing more than 30 general areas of overlap and a host of duplicated programs, they will find a …

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VA CIO Touts Benefits of Centralized Budget Authority

As the federal government reforms IT acquisition, one of the main provisions has been beefing up the authority of agency chief information officers. CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs Roger Baker has been an exemplar of the kind of agency-level CIO the administration wants to see more of. Spurred …

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VA Sec. Shinseki Defends Expanding Agent Orange Benefits

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki defended an expansion of benefits under the 1991 Agent Orange law against a Senate panel with its eye on trimming the budget in congressional testimony Sept. 23. VA recently added heart disease, B-cell leukemia and Parkinson’s disease to a list of “presumptions” under the Agent …

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