Roger Baker

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VA IT Budget to Get a Boost in House Spending Bill

Alice Lipowicz | FederalComputerWeek | May 9, 2012

While many federal agencies anticipate budget cuts this year, the Veterans Affairs Department’s information technology budget would get a 6.5 percent raise if a proposal from a key House committee prevails. Read More »

VA IT Budget to Get a Boost in House Spending Bill

Alice Lipowicz | Federal Computer Week | May 9, 2012

While many federal agencies anticipate budget cuts this year, the Veterans Affairs Department’s information technology budget would get a 6.5 percent raise if a proposal from a key House committee prevails.

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VA Launches Challenge.gov Contest for Scheduling Appointments

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | January 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is challenging software developers to create new systems that schedule appointments in VA’s nationwide health system.

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VA To Invest Billions in Open Source Transition

The open source strategy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was the focus of the recent Open Source Think Tank Conference in Napa, California held April 12-14. This conference, sponsored by the Olliance Group and now on its 7th year, has become one of the premier open source gatherings in the world. Top IT leaders of the VA came to the conference to ask for the advice of the open source community in finalizing the VA's strategy for the future of its world-class electronic health record (EHR) system, VistA.

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VA Will Get Wi-Fi Upgrade at All Med Facilities

Sara Jackson | FierceMobileHealthcare | June 7, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs just took another big step in its mobile journey. In what is being called one of the "world's largest wireless mobility infrastructure," the VA is upgrading the Wi-Fi networks at all 26 of its medical facilities nationwide. Read More »

VA's IT chief announces plans to resign

Joe Conn | Modern Healthcare | February 19, 2013

Sad to see Baker go is Dr. Nancy Anthracite, president of WorldVistA, a not-for-profit organization promoting the use of an open-source version of VistA, which predates and operates independent of OSEHRA...Baker “understood the potential for huge benefit from a two-way exchange of code and open communication with the open-source community. We were astounded when he was successful in bring OSEHRA to life...
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VA, Defense ditch plans for common EHR

Joe Conn | Modern Healthcare | February 6, 2013

The long march to interoperability between the electronic health-records systems of the Veterans Affairs Department and the Department of Defense passed yet another milestone Tuesday as the secretaries of both announced they were scrapping a 5-year-old plan to achieve exchange capabilities by creating a single, common EHR for both healthcare systems.

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VA, DoD EHR Project: Security Game Plan

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee | GovInfoSecurity | March 1, 2013

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense are taking a new approach to building their long-awaited integrated electronic health record system, many key components of the data security strategy for the project will remain the same, says Roger Baker, the VA's outgoing CIO. Read More »

VA, DoD Get Tighter Leash With iEHR Cash

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | January 16, 2014

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill again expressed concern over the botched development and higher-than-expected price tag of creating a seamlessly integrated electronic health record between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, ultimately tacking on project funding restrictions in the House's Omnibus Appropriations Act passed Wednesday afternoon. Read More »

VA, DoD On Tighter Leash With iEHR

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | May 15, 2013

Members of Congress are lauding a bipartisan bill that limits funding for an integrated electronic health record system between VA and DoD and requires aggressive progress updates from both agencies, which have, in recent months, come under fire for the dilatory pace at which they're moving forward with the iEHR. Read More »

VA, DoD To Expand Health Information Exchanges

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | August 29, 2012

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are ready to expand 13 pilot programs and offer veterans’ health information exchanges nationwide. Read More »

VA’s Paperless Claims System Slows To A Crawl

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | January 4, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department’s $491 million disability claims processing system, which is used in 18 out of 57 regional offices, slowed to a crawl last month due to sluggish response times for claims examiners trying to access veterans’ files stored on remote servers, Nextgov has learned. Read More »

VA’s Roger Baker Updates EHR Security Strategy

Patrick Ouellette | Health IT Security | March 4, 2013

Outgoing Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) CIO Roger W. Baker provided testimony last week on the VA and Department of Defense (DoD) joint EHR venture. In doing so, he highlighted how the organizations plan on maximizing data security with the new technologies. Read More »

Veterans Affairs Taps Contractor To Build Mobile Apps Store, Software

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | October 5, 2012

Firstview Federal Technology Solutions LLC will provide the Veterans Affairs Department with both a cloud-based mobile application store and mobile device management software under a $4.4 million contract awarded last week, a company official told Nextgov. Read More »

VistA Evolution: What's Wrong With this Picture?

The VA has begun awarding a number of very high-value contracts under the umbrella of the VistA Evolution initiative (eg to ASM Research/Accenture), but in my opinion, there are problems looming on the horizon.  From what I understand about the direction that these projects are taking (with encouragement, it seems, from within the VA), there’s a real risk that we’ll see a repeat of previous attempts to modernize VistA, the result of which was very expensive failure with essentially nothing to show for it.  The losers, if this happens, are not only US taxpayers: it’s the Veterans whose future welfare depends on VistA4 being a success.

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