Veterans Affairs

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning

A wide-reaching program looks for fresh machine learning technology to complete menial procedures and tasks, allowing VA clinicians and partners to focus on care.

VA Revitalizes Plan For EHR System Rollout

Officials implemented new positions to help streamline and coordinate EHR system implementations following an arduous initial deployment.

Critical Update: Veterans Affairs Applies Mixed Reality Tech to Solve Real-World Health Issues

Department officials are exploring virtual worlds and using artificial intelligence to transform medical treatments.

Two-Thirds of Staff at VA Medical Center Considering Quitting After One Year With New EHR

A survey of staff at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center shows plummeting morale tied directly to the Cerner Millennium electronic health record platform.

Government Considers VR for Training and Therapy

A slate of contracting calls demonstrate ways agencies are putting the emerging technology to use.

VA Officials and Lawmakers Have (Different) Issues With Push to Collect More Veteran Data

Republicans worried collection of religious, sexual and gender information would violate veterans’ privacy; agency officials said they already collect that data. 

Health Technology in Action

In this special report, Nextgov examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping technology tools and policies in health care.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans’ Medical Records

While previous reporting showed the trio had a hand in budgeting and contracting, their interest in turning patient data into a revenue stream was not previously known.

How the Veterans Affairs Department Went Digital During the Pandemic

Senior officials shared details and numbers on the department’s COVID-19-specific deployments.

VA Can’t Locate $700K Worth of Satellite Phones

For decades, Veterans Affairs employees have had trouble finding emergency communications devices when they’re needed most.

Veterans Affairs Department Selects New Acting Chief Information Officer

The experienced VA insider will be the second person to serve in the position this year.

VA Records Uptick in Staff Vaccinations Following Expanded Order

The agency uses a records system to document compliance with coronavirus requirements.

VA’s Extended Reality Network Expanding Across Agency  

There are more than 75 Veterans Health Administration sites using extended reality in some fashion.

Court Deals Yet Another Blow to Firing Reform Law

Thousands of workers may now have a new avenue to getting their jobs back.

Supportive Video Game Communities Can Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

For an increasing number of veterans retiring from the service, their shared interest in video games can become the basis for that community.

Lawmakers Tell National Archives to Use Tech Modernization Funding to Fix Veterans’ Backlog

Congressional oversight chiefs want the National Archives to apply for funding through the Technology Modernization Fund.

VA Halts Health Records Deployments Through 2021

The decision follows a 12-week strategic review ordered by VA Secretary Denis McDonough.