"I think, in an ideal world, [VA] would have preferred that we simply, you know, go along with them, but we don't--we may end up there. When we do the source selection, we may end up with a VistA derivative and be more common in software," said DoD's Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.
The Defense Department is moving forward with plans to acquire a commercial EHR solution. "There are good reasons for VA to have selected its legacy system," wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a May 21 memo. "However, many of these reasons do not apply to DoD."
As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets up to speed on the integrated electronic health record, the Veterans Affairs Department is helping provide him with information he needs to make decisions on the project's future, said VA's Acting Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren during an April 25 press call. On the call, Warren also reaffirmed VA's commitment to an open source iEHR.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a House committee earlier this month the department pulled back from issuing an planned request for proposals for an electronic health record at his instruction.
Under President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request, information technology systems at the Veterans Affairs Department would receive a total discretionary budget authority of $3.683 billion . That means the budget for IT systems would be 15.16 percent more than the current year amount under the continuing resolution when accounting for inflation.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments should complete work on an integrated electronic health record as soon as possible, says a report from an Institute of Medicine task force.
Although the DoD is soliciting an electronic health record to replace its own legacy system, VA's Acting Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren says VistA isn't entirely off the table
Funding for Homeland Security Department information technology programs fare well under the continuing resolution ( H.R. 933 [.pdf]) signed into law by President Barack Obama March 26. The law funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, and maintains $85 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration .
The head of Cyber Command says the difference between an exploit in cyberspace and an attack that warrants a response is a policy decision. The White House will make that call, not the military, Gen. Keith Alexander told the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities on March 13.
Despite early problems , rollout of the $537 million Veterans Benefits Management System is now in full swing, said Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits at VA during a March 13 hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The system is now installed at 20 regional offices, another five will begin using the system next week and the department will fully deploy VBMS to all 56 sites by December 2013, said Hickey.