A small group of senators says the Veterans Health Administration should have its own chief information officer, who would report to the department’s undersecretary for health and would oversee all management and procurement decisions related to the health administration’s IT systems. It’s one of a few specific recommendations from the VA Commission on Care that are beginning to appear in new pieces of legislation.
The Veterans Affairs Department faces many challenges with its decision to abandon the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and adopt a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record. But with a high dollar amount and big stakes comes as even larger culture change, federal IT experts said.
The Veterans Affairs Department will immediately get rid of 71 vacant or nearly empty facilities. VA will eliminate another 71 buildings within the next six months. It’s part of the department’s long term effort to trim its inventory of outdated, underutilized or vacant buildings within the next two years.
MuleSoft’s Ugorji Nwoke and Chris Aherne join host John Gilroy on this week’s Federal Tech Talk to discuss how their company help software developers leverage Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to manage, coordinate and re-use a wide variety of programs. June 20, 2017
Dr. David Shulkin has either made a dramatic and long-overdue change, or he’s stomped on a hornet’s nest and unleashed furies that’ll eat him alive.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced his intention to drop VistA and move the department to a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his diagnosis of the department in a “State of the VA” briefing before reporters Wednesday morning. He outlined 13 areas where the department needs to improve and the legislative and administrative fixes it needs in order to see progress.
Ken Georgi and Curt LeMar with General Dynamics Health Solutions join host Roger Waldron to discuss current trends in cloud computing and best practices for federal agencies so they can make a successful migration to the cloud. May 30, 2017
The Veterans Affairs Department may get a big budget boost in fiscal 2018 under the president’s proposal. Most of the additional funding will go toward health care, both in and outside the department. But the budget proposal does suggest cuts, and lawmakers said they’re concerned by possible spending reductions to VA information technology and medical research.
The Government Accountability Office’s two-year assessment found there are gaping vulnerabilities where federal policy and industry standards haven’t kept up with the developing technology.
The Veterans Affairs Department is preparing a “State of VA” report on the challenges facing the agency, Secretary David Shulkin told reporters Wednesday. The report comes as VA quickly begins to plot some of its efforts to comply with the President’s government reorganization efforts during the fiscal 2018 budget cycle. VA is one of few civilian agencies that may see a major funding boost next year, according to the President’s budget proposal.
The Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Counterterrorism Center are two federal components balancing opportunities and limitations on big data.
For the eighth year in a row, the Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs departments will partner with many private organizations to stage a health datapalooza. Greg Downing, executive director for innovation at HHS, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what HHS will bring to it, and what its goals are.
The Health and Human Services Department will soon achieve initial operating capability on the Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC). It’s modeled after the Homeland Security Department’s own NCCIC, a public-private partnership that disseminates information and best practices on cyber risks.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, emails revealed through a FOIA request from Judicial Watch show contractors working with HHS had major security concerns days before the site became live.