Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has appointed Devon Beard as its new director of operations for End User Operations within the Office of Information and Technology (OIT).

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Health

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) technology education pilot program for veterans needs to create better outcome measures to evaluate how well the program is working, along with a plan for improvement, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program may soon have another Federal agency coming on board, an agency official said this week.

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VA

Keith De Silva has been promoted to chief of staff within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information Security (OIS), according to his LinkedIn page.

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military healthcare, veterans healthcare

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will delay further deployments of its Oracle Cerner electronic health records (EHR) system until June 2023 to address well-publicized challenges with the system and ensure it functions effectively for veterans and VA health care personnel.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied scholarships provided by the agency to well over half of the veterans who applied for them to help complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

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modernization

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information and Technology (OIT) has made many strides toward its new vision for digital transformation, but VA CIO Kurt DelBene said today that the agency still has “work to do” to set a proper modernization pace, and could benefit from more modernization funding.

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Cyber

The term zero trust is often used as a buzzword, but Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Kurt DelBene said a successful organization will prioritize security above all else, and have zero trust baked into its workforce culture.

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Veterans Affairs

A new audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is predicting that the agency will reach full compliance with its obligations under the Geospatial Data Act in the near future.

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Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies expressed their frustrations with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program today and urged the agency to repair the program one lawmaker called a “train wreck.”

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced acquisition management problems – placing it on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High-Risk List – but agency officials on Sept. 20 said they are looking to chart a new course in VA acquisition, one that may require an enterprise-wide approach.

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VA

As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) engages in a whole-of-agency approach to curb veteran suicide rates that have hovered near or above 6,000 per year for the past two decades, a new government watchdog report finds that technology is proving its value in that effort.

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Zach Goldfine, VA
Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) was served a management advisory memorandum from the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) due to faulty electronic systems that improperly collected debt, according to a report released on September 7.

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Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Faith Roy to a dual role as the deputy chief information security officer (CISO), as well as the executive director for cybersecurity integrations, logistics, and planning in the Office of Information Security, a VA spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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5G

Fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies will bring scale and speed to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) healthcare operations, but one VA official today said the focus must shift to closing the digital divide for veterans in rural communities – in parallel to the advanced 5G work.

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VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Lynette Sherrill as the agency’s permanent chief information security officer (CISO) and deputy assistant secretary for information security, according to VA CIO Kurt DelBene.

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Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent ten years working on a new acquisition framework but still has yet to tackle central facets of how to implement the new framework – including identifying major programs that the framework will cover, integrating the new framework with the agency’s IT program, and addressing related acquisition workforce needs.

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While the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Connected Care’s digital divide program has successfully been providing patients with video-capable devices for video-based virtual care for the past two years, an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has found that less than half of patients that the agency issued video devices to ended up completing VA Video Connect (VVC) appointments.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Dr. David Massaro as the “functional champion” and acting senior medical advisor for the agency’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.

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EHR

The top Republican on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee called the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program a “bad investment” during a July 27 hearing, and said Congress may have to “seriously consider pulling the plug” on the project.

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EHR
Veterans Affairs

Senior staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsible for overseeing new training for the electronic health record (EHR) system at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., submitted inaccurate data to inspectors, according to a new report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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VA

U.S. military veterans are now able to access online services using the same login and password across a variety of Federal government websites and portals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced.

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EHR

President Biden on June 23 signed into law the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act that aims to increase the transparency of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) problematic Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program through regular reporting requirements.

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