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VA And Defense Drop Vendor-Specific Database Requirement For Joint Pharmacy System

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | August 20, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have dropped a mandate that any vendor planning to bid on the pharmacy system for the integrated electronic health record use a drug database supplied by First Databank, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of media conglomerate Hearst Corp. Nextgov first reported the requirement on June 5.

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VA and VistA: Can they be fixed?

Aisha Chowdhry | FCW | July 27, 2016

pivoting away from VistA, the agency's homegrown electronic health record system, would be a major shift for the VA. Former VA CIO Roger Baker said VistA is the only EHR designed by doctors, not technologists. "That is the real power of VistA, and it remains the real power of VistA," he added. The system, rooted in 1970s code, is designed to assist doctors in their daily work. Providers at the various VA medical facilities nationwide customize it for their specific needs.

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VA and VistA: Can They Be Fixed?

Aisha Chowdry | FCW | July 27, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rushing to make changes to its IT infrastructure and systems before the next administration enters the White House. And skeptical lawmakers, oversight bodies and outside experts are cautiously optimistic about the eventual outcomes. The key words, though, are "cautiously" and "eventual"...

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VA Awards ASM Research A Health IT Contract Triple The Price Of Competitors’ Bids

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | November 5, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department awarded ASM Research a $162.5 million contract to improve the user experience for VA’s electronic health record system, a price more than triple two competitive bids, Nextgov has learned. The Sept. 30 contract award is for improvements to the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, known as VistA. Read More »

VA Awards Contract For Mobile Device Management, Apps Store

Jared Serbu | Federal News Radio | October 3, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a long-awaited contract to build a system that will manage a stable of mobile devices officials hope will eventually grow to 100,000 handhelds and tablets. Read More »

VA Awards Firstview Mobile Device Manager Task

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | October 4, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $4.4 million contract for mobile device manager software to Firstview Federal Technology Solutions LLC., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business in Rockville, Md. The contract award was anticipated to be awarded before Sept. 30, the end of federal fiscal 2012. Read More »

VA BYOD Reimbursement Strategy Isn't IT's Call, Says Baker

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | September 27, 2012

Who pays for data plans under a forthcoming bring-your-own-device strategy at the Veterans Affairs Department? Don't ask Chief Information Officer Roger Baker--determining that isn't his job, he says. Read More »

VA CIO Baker Responds To Decision To Scrap iEHR At Hearing

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | February 27, 2013

Before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, outgoing Chief Information Officer for VA Roger Baker provided testimony and responded to questions from committee members regarding the decision on the part of the VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to scrap its efforts with the joint integrated EHR (iEHR). Read More »

VA CIO Clarifies Plans For iEHR

Dan Bowman | FierceEMR | February 12, 2013

In the wake of criticism following news last week that the Departments of Veterans and Defense will abandon plans to build a joint electronic health record system from the ground up, VA CIO Roger Baker is clarifying that the two departments still plan to create a joint record. Read More »

VA CIO Roger Baker recognized for excellence in leadership

Staff | Federal Computer Week | June 13, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department’s most senior technologist has received top honors for his leadership in information resources management. Roger Baker, VA CIO, received the award June 12 at the AFFIRM Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. He received the Executive Leadership in Information Resources Management – Civilian award. Read More »

VA CIO Roger Baker Resigns - UPDATED

David Perera | FierceGovernmentIT | February 19, 2013

Baker's resignation notice comes shortly after the secretaries of the DoD and the VA announced the end of iEHR development. An insider who spoke on condition of anonymity said Baker's departure is voluntary and not directly tied to the iEHR decision, although the rolling back of a project identified closely with him was a factor. "He's exhausted," the insider said.

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VA Data Exchange Practices Lack Security

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | October 25, 2012

Veterans Affairs Department medical centers are not effectively or securely sharing data with research and university facilities, according to an Oct. 23 VA office of inspector general report (.pdf). Read More »

VA Departures Open Door To Speculation

Camille Tuutti | FCW | March 1, 2013

March 1 marks the start of sequestration, of course, but for the Veterans Affairs Department it brings another big change as well. VA CIO Roger Baker announced Feb. 15 his intent to step down, followed within days by CTO Peter Levin making his exit publicly known Feb. 19. Both said that March 1 would be their last official day on the job. Read More »

VA Farmed Out Claims System Work To Controversial Navy Organization

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | January 2, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department has paid the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic $105 million to help develop its next-generation disability claims processing system since 2010, despite two internal watchdog reports in 2009 that blasted previous work done by the Charleston, S.C.-based organization for VA. Read More »

VA giving DoD 'time and space' on iEHR

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | April 29, 2013

As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets up to speed on the integrated electronic health record, the Veterans Affairs Department is helping provide him with information he needs to make decisions on the project's future, said VA's Acting Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren during an April 25 press call. Read More »