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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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Dr. Kenneth Kizer of Atlas Research Discusses Innovation in Health Care Systems

Dr. Kenneth Kizer

Dr. Ryan Vega of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Dr. Kenneth Kizer of Atlas Research have analyzed a model for operationalizing and scaling innovation in health care systems. The model is based on the successful VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE). The foundation of innovation is built on four core elements, including “workforce capacity to actualize innovation."

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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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