Veterans Affairs

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.

VA Needs a Security Check For Its Social Security Number Reduction Tool

The app was recently migrated into a VA-managed cloud environment and needs a new authority to operate and some upgrades.

VA Secretary Outlines Structural Changes to EHR Rollout

The secretary updated Congress on three pivotal changes coming to the program, including shifting the schedule to focus on sites that are ready to handle the deployment.

More Underestimated Infrastructure Costs Could Raise VA EHR Price Tag $2.5B

The latest inspector general report shows more underreported infrastructure costs for the electronic health record program, prompting lawmakers to call a hearing for later this month. 

VA’s Cybersecurity Still Missing Critical Zero-Trust Element, Watchdog Says

An official from the Government Accountability Office said she is encouraged by the formation of an investment review board at the department and intends to monitor it closely.

VA Secretary: Changes Coming to Electronic Health Records Program

Secretary Denis McDonough just completed a months-long strategic review of the multibillion-dollar EHR modernization program.

VA Is Asking Congress for Fewer IT Dollars in 2022 But Plans to Spend More Than in 2021

The Transformational Fund has been marinating for five years and is ready to supplement the agency’s IT spending.

VA Integrates Extended Reality Technology Across Sites and Treatments

The agency is also launching a new pilot program across multiple facilities.

Joint DOD-VA Medical Center Will Be Major Test for Electronic Health Record Interoperability

Officials said they are preparing to deploy the new records system at “the most integrated facility” in the Defense and Veterans Affairs health care networks.

VA to Wrap Health Records Review ‘In a Few Weeks,’ Secretary Says

Denis McDonough told lawmakers the agency would change the management and oversight of the multibillion-dollar modernization program.

VA Wants an Electronic Records System for HR, Too

The Electronic Human Resources Information Services program looks to combine 13 systems into a single digital record for employees.

IG Says VA Underestimated Health Records Project Costs by Up to $2.6B

An audit showed Veterans Affairs didn’t properly account for physical infrastructure costs for its new $16 billion electronic health record system.

VA Explores Potential Future Emerging Technology-Centered Acquisitions

The agency is looking for more information about applying immersive technologies, blockchain, edge computing and other innovations to clinical care, data products and training.