Oh Veterans Affairs, you keep trying, we’ll give you that. Following a number of high profile failures to modernize and improve service delivery, the Department of Veterans Affairs is working with ASM Research, an arm of Accenture Federal Services to make another effort at modernizing its record keeping processes. The VA has been dealing with a decades long backlog, and more recent revelations about staff cooking the books when it comes to wait times and patient management.
ASM has been awarded a three-year, $162 million contract from the VA to support the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Clinical Application and Enterprise Core Services. VistA provides an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic medical record for veterans and their dependents.
The contract is aimed at improving interoperability and improving security measures in line with recent cybersecurity directives. ASM also will update VistA’s Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) which provides the interface for case management from the healthcare provider side.
Work under the contract also will help improve data sharing across the VA, including care transitions and implementation of standards of care. ASM will deliver technical architecture, clinical analysis, software development, engineering management and training to support VistA modernization. This work will help the VA build the next level of patient care capabilities within VistA.