Tag Archives: veterans health administration

Denis McDonough Testifies Before House Panel on VA’s EHR Modernization Effort

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said he believes VA could meet its timeline for the implementation of its new electronic health record system amid setbacks with the EHR at its first go-live site in Spokane, Washington. He also agreed with lawmakers that clinicians at the Veterans Health Administration should play a key role in developing the requirements for the EHR platform.

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VA Creates Commission to Select Veterans Health Administration Head

Financial Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a commission aimed at selecting a new undersecretary that will lead the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VA said Tuesday that the commission will work to assess candidates for undersecretary of health, which will be responsible for VHA’s $61 billion annual budget and health services delivery to over 9 million veterans.

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Report: GAO Helped Federal Agencies Generate $77.6B in FY 2020 Savings

FY2020 Savings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report saying it helped the federal government saved $77.6 billion in spending in fiscal year 2020. The figure represents a return of $114 for every dollar Congress invested in GAO. GAO said it has helped agencies make 1,132 improvements in government operations. 

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Ryan Vega: VA Harnesses AI, Other Emerging Tech to Improve Veteran Care

Ryan Vega, executive director of the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem, said the Department of Veterans Affairs harnessed artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies in 2019 to improve the delivery of health services to military retirees, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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VA Looks at Employee-Based Ideas to Tackle Challenges

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at its workforce for ideas to address challenges in health care, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The Veterans Health Administration is facing the rise of elder population, the lack of quality care providers and increasing health care costs. The department's employees have presented ideas to address these challenges at the recent Innovation Experience event in Washington, D.C.

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VA Inspector General Reviews Electronic Scheduling System Implementation

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released the results of an audit seeking to validate the Veterans Health Administration and the Office of Information Technology's Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture Scheduling Enhancement effort. 

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