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Did Jon Stewart Foil the Pentagon's Health Records Plan?

Bob Brewin | Netxtgov | April 9, 2013

I’m picking up strong signals that the Military Health System abruptly scrapped plans to upgrade its electronic health record -- the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA -- as senior Defense Department officials lean toward adopting the Veterans Affairs Department’s EHR -- the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, known as VistA. Read More »

Gates Tells Jon Stewart He 'Failed' On Joint Health Record

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | January 16, 2014

Robert Gates failed to overcome the turf wars have prevented development of an integrated electronic health record to serve both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, the former Defense secretary told comedian Jon Stewart. Read More »

Hagel mulls putting Defense Dept. on VistA

Joe Conn | Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress this week that he is investigating the possibility of switching the military's health records to the Veteran Administration's VistA to deal with long-running interoperability issues between the two systems. Read More »

Jon Stewart On The VA’s Hand-Cranked Disability Claims File System

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | April 5, 2013

Last night, in his second “Daily Show” episode focused on the Veterans Affairs Department, comedian Jon Stewart illustrated the disability claims backlog -- which stands at 885,068 this week -- with a look at the Veterans Benefits Administration office in Winston-Salem, N.C., where mountains of paper files threaten the structural integrity of the building and the safety of employees. Read More »

Jon Stewart Weighs in on Defense-VA E-Health Record Standoff

Bob Brewin | NextGov | March 29, 2013

Stewart hammered home the lack of compatibility between AHLTA and VistA -- well known inside the Beltway -- to his national audience. “These two programs are unable to communicate with each other,” Stewart said, paused, and added, “I swear to you this is true -- how insane is this complication?” Read More »

VA Care: Still The Best Care Anywhere?

...[A]s the author of the title Best Care Anywhere, Why VA Health Care would be Better for Everyone, it’s been dispiriting to have it confirmed by a preliminary inspector general’s report that some frontline VA employees in Phoenix and elsewhere have been gaming a key performance metric regarding wait times. But what’s really has me enervated is how the dominant media narrative of the VA “scandal” has become so essentially misleading and damaging to the cause of health care delivery system reform...

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Video: Jon Stewart's 'Progress Report' On VA Claims Backlog

Ross Gianfortune and Katherine McIntire Peters | Nextgov | May 3, 2013

For the VA executives who won't be receiving bonuses this year, comedian Jon Stewart had this to say: "To have the government promise you a benefit and then not deliver it, I can't imagine." But maybe the nearly 900,000 veterans waiting for Veterans Affairs Department officials to adjudicate their claims can, he suggested. Read More »