Veterans Affairs

Watchdog: VA Needs To Include More Specialists in Electronic Health Record Decisions

A new audit found Veterans Affairs’ EHR Councils were set up well and are doing good work, but need better outreach and communication to reach key stakeholders.

VA’s Digital Transformation Efforts Helped It Quickly Pivot to Increased Remote Work

Deputy CIO Dominic Cussatt detailed how the agency heightened its capabilities for pandemic-induced telework. 

Veterans Affairs Launches First Chatbot to Field COVID-19 Questions

The bot was developed and deployed via Microsoft’s Healthcare Bot platform.

Veterans Affairs' Focus on Experience Sees Increase in Veteran Trust

Trust among veterans has increased 5% in VA health care services since the department began measuring real-time feedback in 2017.

VA Exploring Options for a Grand Challenge to Prevent Suicide

The agency is looking for a contractor to help run a possible multi-phase competition, including outreach and potentially raising private-sector funds for the prizes. 

Accenture Federal Wins $96M Task Order to Modernize and Automate VA Services

Through human-centered design, federal employees and other users will weigh in on what works, along the way.

IG: VA Knew Infrastructure Upgrades Wouldn’t Meet Timeline For March Health Records Rollout

Severe staffing shortages, infighting and lack of comprehensive planning for infrastructure improvements would have handicapped the multibillion-dollar project, the inspector general said.

VA and DOD Now Default to Sharing Patient Data with Private-Sector Providers

The joint electronic health records management office launched an information exchange program to make it easier to share patient data with thousands of “community partners.”

VA to Distribute Thousands of Facebook Portals to Vets and Caregivers in Isolation

The devices will be distributed in pairs to connect qualifying veterans and caregivers during the pandemic.

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

So far, about a dozen designs for personal protective gear have gotten the OK for clinical use.

VA Delays Major IT Programs to Focus on COVID-19

The initial rollout of the new electronic health records system will be pushed out—again—as well as pilots for the new scheduling system. A third, integral effort remains on track.

Infosec Reviews Not Good for Small Business Administration, Veterans Affairs Department

Audits note poor posture and highlight weaknesses related to remote work and contractor oversight.

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The pandemic-driven outcomes could demonstrate what strategic interagency efforts around emerging technology can catalyze in rapid timeframes.

With Coronavirus Cases Spiking, VA Employee and Patient Cases on the Rise

Report finds testing, equipment and staffing shortfalls at VA facilities around the country.

White House Updates Contracting and Technology Guidance for Federal Agencies  

During the coronavirus outbreak, the Veterans Affairs Department got a greenlight to rehire experts and the Justice Department clarified its stance on working in states with shelter-in-place orders. 

How Veterans Affairs CISO Approaches Risk, Recruiting Talent and Proving Cyber's Business Value

Paul Cunningham must ensure the security of the largest medical network in the country while making sure veterans can access services as seamlessly as possible.