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Spotlight: House passes VA spending bill with VistA caveat

The fiscal 2015 Veterans Affairs Department appropriations bill (H.R.4486) passed in the House with restrictions on the department's electronic health record modernization program.

FBI issues warning, EHRs vulnerable to cyber attack, theft

The FBI is warning healthcare providers that lax cybersecurity standards will leave their computer systems more vulnerable to hackers as the industry transitions to electronic health records.

VA considers prize competition for VistA Evolution

The Veterans Affairs Department is considering using a contest to spur the development of a modernized electronic health record system. In a  notice  posted April 25, the agency said it wants to implement a prize program as a way to tap outside expertise to help develop the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or  VistA.

House committee approves VA spending bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would fund the Veterans Affairs Department at $64.7 billion and includes new funding to reduce the VA disability claims backlog.

DoD and VA will achieve EHR interoperability, says Miller

Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.

Q&A: Dave Peters on open source adoption within Veterans Affairs

Recently,  FierceGovernmentIT  spoke with David Peters, assistant deputy chief information officer for enterprise development, about what the department is currently doing in open source, and about the role that the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance plays in modernization of the VA electronic health record, known as Vista.

DoD medical IT system 2,233 percent over original budget estimate

A medical record and patient tracking information technology project meant for use in all four military services has increased in total cost by 2,233 percent over a decade, reports the Government Accountability Office.

Re-scoped iEHR falling behind schedule, says GAO

The department of Defense and Veterans Affairs continue to pursue a project known as the iEHR, which is falling behind schedule, finds the Government Accountability Office.

VistA could still become DoD EHR

The Defense Department may select the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic health record system when it procures its EHR, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said at a House hearing March 13. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "assured me we're going to be in the competition, and so my work for the next two years is just to get us as competitive as anybody else," Shinseki  told  the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

HHS seeks to boost ONC, cut healthcare.gov funding in 2015 budget

The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes $74.7 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a $14 million increase over the current year enacted amount.