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Strange Sales Tactic: Oracle Blasts Defense-VA on Use of Open Source Software

Bob Brewin | NextGov | October 16, 2013

Oracle Corp. put out a 19-page white paper last month that pilloried the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments for thinking open source software can save money...The white paper zeroed in on the now aborted effort to develop a Defense-VA integrated electronic health record as a prime example of the billions that can be wasted on an open source project – even though the Pentagon has historically resisted using VA’s...VistA system. Read More »

Test centers for new DoD-VA health records system to open by Oct. 1

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | June 22, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will use existing DoD facilities in Richmond, Va., and on Hawaii’s island of Maui to develop and test components of a new $4 billion integrated electronic health record (iEHR) system. The centers, to be opened at DoD’s joint information technology centers there by Oct. 1, are a key step in the departments’ effort to make active-duty military members’ electronic health records accessible to VA doctors, and to have vets’ records accessible to VA and other health care providers. Read More »

The Defense-VA-Vendor Conference Nobody Wants You to Know About

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | May 1, 2013

An outfit called the Defense Strategies Institute will hold a conference in Alexandria, Va., May 15-16 on the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ planned integrated electronic health record featuring high ranking speakers from both departments. Any vendor who wants to attend can do so. But the media will be prohibited. Read More »

The Human Side of Developing Integrated Electronic Health Records

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 6, 2012

As the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments work to develop an integrated electronichealth record the concept is simple—streamline the military health care system for active-duty service members, veterans and retirees—but getting there is not. Read More »

Time to Rethink the Commercial Cloud Thing?

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 2, 2012

The failure of the Amazon Web Services' Virginia data center after a severe storm Friday and the hours it took the company to restore service -- while Defense Information Systems Agency cloud services chugged along without interruption -- sure seem like good reasons to question putting any federal data in the commercial cloud. Read More »

VA Abruptly Cancels Key Software Contract for Joint Health Record

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | February 29, 2012

Yesterday, the Veterans Affairs Department abruptly terminated a $102.6 million contract awarded to ASM Research in January to develop software vital to an integrated electronic health record system that will serve both VA and the Defense Department. Read More »

VA And Defense Drop Vendor-Specific Database Requirement For Joint Pharmacy System

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | August 20, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have dropped a mandate that any vendor planning to bid on the pharmacy system for the integrated electronic health record use a drug database supplied by First Databank, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of media conglomerate Hearst Corp. Nextgov first reported the requirement on June 5.

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VA awards $4.5M contract to regroup VistA code into modules

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | August 17, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $4.5 million contract to Ray Group International LLC, to refactor or reorganize the legacy code of VA’s VistA electronic health record system into modular components. The contract supports VA’s Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) community to modernize VistA for open source and to contribute to the VA-Department of Defense integrated electronic health record (iEHR).

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VA awards $4.9M OSEHRA operations contract

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | June 22, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded Ray Group International, LLC, of Tampa, Fla., a $4.9 million contract to support the open source community that is contributing software code to the VA and Defense Department integrated electronic health record system. Read More »

VA CIO shares forthcoming open source contributions

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 12, 2013

Pledging “more motion and more outputs” of its own VistA developments, acting Veterans Affairs CIO Stephen Warren offered a glimpse of what the department is planning to turn over to the open source community. Read More »

VA CIO: ‘When we get it done, it will be open source’

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | September 2, 2011

The joint electronic health record for the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments will in effect be open source when it is complete, according to a senior VA official, who provided more details about how that will occur. VA is developing an open source track to modernize its VistA electronic health record and will incorporate the approach with DOD in the joint system. Read More »

VA giving DoD 'time and space' on iEHR

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | April 29, 2013

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. Read More »

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 open source custodial agent opens doors

David Perera | Fierce Government IT | August 31, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department officially launched Aug. Read More »

VA Plans to Tap Original Bidders for Canceled Software Contract

Staff | Nextgov | March 2, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to select a new vendor from the pool of original bidders to develop software vital to creating an integrated electronic health record (iEHR) with the Defense Department. The new contractor will replace ASM Research, the company first awarded the $102.6 million contract VA abruptly terminated Tuesday due to conflict-of-interest concerns. Read More »