Veterans Affairs Department information technology appropriations for the current fiscal year are set to reach $3.7 billion, an amount that exceeds the departmental request of $3.68 billion.
The intersection of mobile technology – devices and sensors – with healthcare delivery has great potential to improve outcomes, especially should nontraditional data sources become more available to physicians, said panelists during a Jan. 9 ACT-IAC panel in Washington, D.C.
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs face a Dec. 31, 2016 deadline for deploying modernized electronic health record systems following passage of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act into law.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its contractors have paid little attention to addressing potential fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health records, according to a report from Health and Human Services Department's Office of Inspector General.
Since the Veterans Affairs Department restarted its pharmacy reengineering software development project, or PRE, in 2009 it has missed milestones, lacked appropriate oversight and faces an uncertain future in terms of compatibility with other VA electronic health record plans, finds a Dec. 23, 2013 office of inspector general report (.pdf).
The contract for the enterprise service bus meant to connect the electronic health records of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs has not been canceled, say military and industry officials, although an industry executive acknowledged that funding for it has been reduced.
The first draft of a request for proposals for the modernized Defense Department electronic health record is set for release in January, the newly-installed head of the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization Program told an industry audience Nov. 13.
Nearly half of U.S. hospitals eligible for an incentive payment through the Medicare electronic health record program received one in fiscal 2012. The 2,291 hospitals that received a total of $3.5 billion in Medicare EHR incentive payments was up from 777 hospitals and $1.3 billion in fiscal 2011.
The Veterans Affairs Department has rolled out a suite of apps for clinicians and patients that pull information from the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture electronic health record. Among the patient-facing apps is a secure messaging tool for communicating with doctors and nurses, but soon it plans to take that tool a step further and begin communicating visually with the patient.
Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new eHealth Imitative, headed by Robert Tagalicod, director of the office of e-Health Standards and Services. The initiative's goal is to align health IT efforts and standards program with a focus that goes beyond the electronic health record incentive program.