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Been there, Done that, Doesn’t Work: Veterans Health Administration IT goes back in time

If you have an interest in the worlds of economics, healthcare or technology, here’s a story that’s emerged this month that is worth noting for the record books. In the US, amidst the chaos of the Trump administration, yet another mistake has been made this month. For the record, it is worth noting that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) ended up with a contract for a large IT solution for the next 10 years worth about $10 billion as of May 2018. On the face of it that may appear to be unremarkable news: just another big expensive contract for an IT system. Yet there is a part sad/part silly dimension to it that is well worth flagging up at this point.

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Better Tech Is Here for Healthcare

Brandt Welker | EMR & HIPAA | September 13, 2017

Better technology is out there serving other industries … and it can be applied in healthcare. Technology should ease administrative loads and put clinicians back in front of patients! I’ve talked about some of this previously and how we keep clinicians involved in our design process. When it came to building an entirely new EHR, the driving force behind our team researching and adopting new technologies was to imagine a clean slate...

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Beyond HIT Interoperability: Open Platforms are the Key

Open platforms in health IT are inevitable. Exactly when OPEN becomes health IT’s de facto reality is impossible to determine. But we can be certain that it will happen because healthcare businesses focused on quality improvement and cost-effective care will demand it Read More »

Big Tech Should Stay Out of Healthcare

Matthew Buck | Washington Monthly | December 2, 2019

...The use of digital technology in health care has enormous promise, to be sure. But, as the Wall Street Journal's coverage of Google's Project Nightingale revealed, there is also a potential dark side to these projects. Ascension, it noted, "also hopes to mine data to identify additional tests that could be necessary or other ways in which the system could generate more revenue from patients, documents show." That detail raises a key question that's largely overlooked in our health care debates: should the drive to maximize corporate revenues determine how health information technology develops and becomes integrated into medical practice, or should that be determined by medical science and the public?...An alternative path exists. In the 1970s, the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) developed VistA, an open-source code system that was the country's first EHR system... Read More »

Bitscopic

Bitscopic is a healthcare analytics and workflow platform empowering organizations to gain unique insights from ever increasing data, and achieve better healthcare outcomes through data driven decisions to optimize care. The company was founded in 2012 by two tech industry veterans who were inspired by the opportunity to use advanced software technology to initially mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has development offices in Seattle, WA.

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Bitscopic's Machine Learning Algorithm Detects COVID-19 from Standard Blood Labs

Press Release | Bitscopic | October 2, 2020

Bitscopic Inc., a Silicon Valley based healthcare analytics company, announced today they have developed a machine learning prediction model that can identify COVID-19 infected patients using data from standard laboratory blood tests. The model, published in "Clinical Infectious Diseases," was developed using laboratory data from over 75,000 COVID-19 infected Veteran patients receiving care at VA medical centers. Payam Etminani, Bitscopic's CEO, said: "We are very excited by these results, as it demonstrates that inexpensive and easily attainable patient data can be used to construct a diagnostic fingerprint that can identify symptomatic cases of COVID-19. We are learning how the relatively blunt instrument of routine blood tests, through the power of machine learning, can be crafted into something approaching a precision tool."

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Boost To VA EHR In The Works

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | July 4, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a three-year, $162 million contract for upgrades to its VistA electronic health record. The announcement comes just as government officials assert in a news release Thursday that the multi-billion dollar acquisition to modernize the Department of Defense electronic health record is on track...

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British Can Learn from VA on Telehealth

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 19, 2012

A report by a London-based, physician-led think tank concludes that the British National Health Service would do well to emulate the telehealth services developed by the Veterans Health Administration, the healthcare operation of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department.

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Butler Selected to lead DOD-VA iEHR Efforts

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | March 1, 2012

Barclay Butler, a senior health IT manager in private and military sectors, has been named to lead the interagency office that will coordinate the deployment of the VA-DOD integrated electronic health record (iEHR). Butler became director of the Interagency Program Office effective Feb. 27, according to a Defense Department memo and confirmed by the Veterans Affairs Department. Read More »

Can An Open Source Electronic Health Record Ever Be Ready For Prime-Time?

Zina Moukheiber | Forbes | August 29, 2012

In October, the Open Source Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) will hold its first summit, bringing together the government and open source developers, two radically different camps united in their goal to improve a lauded electronic health record in need of a face lift—the Veterans Affairs’ VistA. “We believe open source will help us innovate quickly,” says Mike O’Neill who sits on the board of OSEHRA, and is senior advisor to the Director, Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative.

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Cernering the Market

Mike Farahbakshian | Fed Health IT | July 10, 2017

After years of speculation and rumors, in a move that surprised absolutely no one, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to Cerner Millenium to replace its home-grown VistA electronic health record. On the surface this makes sense, because of DoD’s move to Cerner in 2015 and an overarching VA desire to move from custom software to COTS software. However, SecVA’s decision is only the beginning of an extremely long path, as DHA is finding with its MHS GENESIS project. Moreover, VA has a broader scope than DHA. Unlike DHA, whose primary goal is to provide a medically ready fighting force, VA handles a slew of additional tasks, including...

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CGI selected to modernize Electronic Medical Record system for the New York State Office of Mental Health

Press Release | CGI | September 18, 2013

New system paves the way for State to pursue new care models and develop next-generation disease classification coding Read More »

Close the Gaps on VA Healthcare Services

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | August 3, 2012

The number of veterans returning home from the two wars wounded and maimed  -  broken  -  is staggering. Here's an area where health IT has proven to be a force for good, yet not forceful enough. The childhood sing-song rhyme that ends, "All the kings horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again" may not be quite on point, but it keeps playing in the background, a reminder that we humans are fragile.

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Coming Soon: Health Innovation That Matters

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | August 3, 2012

The [VA's] Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Innovation Sandbox Cloud and the Georgia Institute of Technology's Interoperability and Integration Innovation Lab announced on June 26 they would collaborate to address interoperability issues, accelerate the development of integrated health IT solutions, test new products and help train the IT workforce needed to move the industry forward. Read More »

Community College Training of HIT Professionals Questioned

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | January 10, 2012

The government plans to fork out a total of nearly $70 million in grants to five community colleges assigned with leading a federal healthcare IT training program. But is the Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals delivering? Since its inception in March, some think it’s not – at least not yet. Read More »