Veterans Affairs

Pentagon pushes ahead with COVID vaccine mandate

The Defense Department will mandate Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccines following the Food and Drug Administration's approval, and other agencies are expected to follow.

House passes stopgap spending bill

The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

House tees up continuing resolution to avoid Oct. 1 shutdown

Protected leave for federal health workers and a USCIS funding measure are included in the stopgap bill.

Energy Department's AI office looking for partnerships

Two recently announced artificial intelligence collaborations show how the technology can affect real world problems, according to the head of the Energy Department's AI office.

VA secretary touts department's telework, telehealth efforts

Secretary Robert Wilkie also discussed the electronic health care records rollout and VA's need to pay more for certain essential hires.

Union warns of coronavirus exposure in VA facilities

The American Federation of Government Employees filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about alleged violations of safety standards.

MHS Genesis deployment suspended amid COVID-19 pandemic

The rollout of a commercial electronic health record system to Defense Department hospitals on pause to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA embraces gaming as therapy for injured vets

The VA plans to offer gaming as an alternative form of therapy and to improve socialization for veterans with limited mobility through a partnership with Microsoft.

New round of MHS Genesis go-live dates coming in September

Defense Health Agency officials say they're making headway on cybersecurity problems and coordination with VA on their new electronic health record system.

Lawmakers look to NDAA for health record push

Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee want to use the must-pass 2020 defense authorization bill to advance interoperability and joint management of the electronic health records systems at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

NDAA pushes DOD-VA cooperation on health record modernization

The $20 billion health record modernization efforts at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are going to be joined a little more closely under an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Who's accountable for the $20B defense health IT overhaul?

Despite pressure from Congress, DOD and VA don't appear to be racing to name a single point of accountability to lead the electronic health records transformation at the two agencies.

Who's minding the store on DOD-VA health systems collaboration?

As the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs work in parallel to implement the Cerner health record systems, Congress is worried about a single point of accountability.

No protest expected on Coast Guard's heath records move

Acquisition-wise, it looks like smooth sailing for the Coast Guard's plan to join the Pentagon's nascent electronic health records system.

Army sets up central medical care site for wounded warriors

A new website is geared toward helping soldiers and veterans who need complex medical care to navigate all the available information on benefits and other resources.

Army cites improper contracting in Arlington Cemetery scandal

The cemetery had no acquisition strategy, no integrated IT system and series of IT regulatory violations, the Army said.

VA may restore access to DOD medical record systems soon

The Veterans Affairs Department is working to fix remaining computer glitches that caused it to restrict electronic access to Defense Department patient medical record systems.