Biden’s 2024 Fiscal Budget Request Seeks $1.9B for VA EHR Modernization

In early May, Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) introduced a bill that would require significant improvement or discontinuation of the VA Oracle Cerner EHR program. Additionally, all facilities would return to using the legacy VistA system. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, co-sponsored the bill. On January 27, Rep. Bost introduced another bill […]

VA Announces New Plan, Roles for EHR Implementation Program

The PED, a new position, will report directly to the VA Deputy Secretary and will have operational control over the offices of Functional Champion, Technical Integration, and Program Management. The VA Secretary selected Terry Adirim, MD, MPH, MBA, to be the PED. Adirim is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and is currently serving […]

VA Health Information Exchange Implementation Barriers

Original Article by Posted on March 3, 2021 by Christopher Jason March 03, 2021 - Health IT leaders at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said the complex interrelationship correlation between local and national VA entities is a more significant technical obstacle than the interoperability between the two health IT systems, according to a [...]

Secretary Wilkie’s 2020 Veterans Day Message

Original Article by VAntage Point, Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Posted by Robert Wilkie on November 11, 2020 I’m Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie. On Veterans Day in 1988, Ronald Reagan said …”We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who [...]

Have You Tried a Video Medical Appointment?

Original Article by Posted by VAPORHCS on Thursday, October 15, 2020 Here are facts and resources about VA Video Connect Medical Appointments.  VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) has 13 sites of care across 36,000 square miles in two states. The Primary Care Division alone employs 400 staff who strive to provide safe, timely, [...]

Virtual tele-physical therapy helps 30-year Army Veteran

Original Article by VAntage Point, Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Many Washington, D.C.-area Veterans and VA providers are realizing the benefits of using telehealth technology and VA Video Connect (VVC). Physical therapist Dr. Latasha Thomas has converted most of her face-to-face appointments to telehealth. The [...]