Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs used paper waiting lists and manipulated electronic scheduling data at as many as 93 VA medical facilities across the country, but investigators found no conclusive evidence that the resulting delays in care caused any veteran deaths at the VA’s hospital in Phoenix.
The Defense Department released a long-awaited request for proposals Monday for its multi-billion dollar effort to replace its aging health record systems and enhance interoperability with private health care providers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In his first interview since a scandal involving secret waiting lists forced a change of leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stephen Warren, VA’s chief information officer, offers a candid assessment of the agency’s past and future technology plans.
Some of the original developers of the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record system, known as VistA, credit Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with championing the pioneering EHR effort in 1982 and helping it become a reality. Now, more than 30 years later, the Defense Department has rejected VistA as a viable EHR option and is about to spend billions on a new system. What happened?
President Barack Obama signed a $16.3 billion reform bill Thursday designed to drastically overhaul the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs by improving access to medical care for veterans and preventing unscrupulous VA employees from gaming the scheduling system.
The VA reform bill provides funding to expand health care capacity and calls for an independent review of VA operation, including VA’s IT systems.
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House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has called on five senior VA officials, including Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, to testify at next week’s scheduled hearing on “longstanding information security weaknesses” that have enabled “data manipulation” throughout the agency.
The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs recently hired a new deputy chief information officer for IT Project Management and Product Development and a chief learning officer for the Office of Information and Technology, according to an internal email obtained by FedScoop.
Although the Department of Veterans Affairs is in the process of seeking out a replacement to its current scheduling system, the department awarded a contract Wednesday to ASM Research to modernize the current health care system and improve interoperability.
The Obama administration probably didn’t envision local hunting, fishing and boating commissions as examples of how the government can harness big data. Neither did Waldo Jaquith, director of the U.S. Open Data Institute, when the president asked the Office of Science and Technology Policy to study the power of big data in January. Yet, at a workshop held by OSTP last week, Jaquith spoke of hunting and fishing regulations as a shining example of where big data is headed. Jaquith was one of many public and private sector officials June 19 who attended a workshop at Georgetown University to discuss…
Joan Mooney, the senior executive responsible for managing the Veterans Affairs Department’s contentious relationship with Congress and ensuring the agency’s cooperation with independent audits by the Government Accountability Office announced her retirement June 20, FedScoop has learned.
The Veterans Department this year plans to award a new contract for a replacement to its outdated scheduling system — the IT infrastructure at the heart of the nationwide waiting list scandal. But before it does that the House Veterans Affairs Committee plans to investigate why the department has allowed the system to remain so antiquated for so long.
The federal government is not learning critical lessons in cyber incident response because agencies are not effectively documenting how they respond to attacks or what the impact of those attacks have been on agency operations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
The Department of Veterans Affairs today released its audit summary on veteran access to healthcare, less than an hour after the crisis concerning patient scheduling practices claimed the job of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
President Barack Obama today announced he has accepted the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, under fire from Democrats and Republicans to step down in the wake of the latest nationwide wait list scandal, announced this morning that he has ordered the removal of the senior leaders responsible for the VA Medical Center at the heart of the controversy and has stripped others of their performance bonus for the year.
House members reprimanded Department of Veterans Affairs officials late Wednesday, accusing the agency of stonewalling the committee’s investigations into mismanagement that may have led to the deaths of dozens of veterans who were forgotten on unofficial waiting lists at hospitals and clinics around the country.
The Department of Veterans Affairs knew of significant security weaknesses in its main electronic health record system that would allow anonymous users to access patient data and other sensitive information in direct violation of existing policies and federal privacy laws, according to an internal security briefing obtained by FedScoop.
The so-called ‘secret wait lists’ that may have led to dozens of deaths at a growing number of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country have their roots in an insecure web of IT systems that have allowed the practice of creating informal waiting lists to go on for nearly a decade, a FedScoop investigation has revealed.