VA Open Application Programming Interface Pledge Gains Momentum to Shape a New Direction for Health Care

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that to further accelerate the benefits of the VA Open Application Programming Interface (API) pledge, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs  David Shulkin has asked Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to lead the initiative. “I am excited to […]

VA Leader Receives Blue Star Families Caregiving Award for VA Support

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Dr. Lynda Davis, chief veterans experience officer, accepted the 2018 Blue Star Families — United Health Foundation Blue Star Award during the annual Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on March 13 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Davis, a U.S. Army Veteran and Veteran caregiver […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Selective Service System [27] —- (Should the Draft Be Reinstated?) 05 == DoD Tuition Assistance [06] —- (Non-Traditional Use Proposal) 06 == Arlington National Cemetery [73] —- (Burial Eligibility Restrictions Proposed) 07 == AFRH [11] —- (IG Report on Declining Finances) 07 == DoD Weapons Sales […]

VA Awards More Than $496,000 to Improve IT Infrastructure as Part of ‘Buy vs. Build’ Initiative

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of a $496,405.35 task order to Favor TechConsulting (FTC) LLC to provide Identity and Access Management (IAM) services to improve and maximize cost savings to VA’s current information technology (IT) infrastructure. The task order, which was awarded Feb. 1, enables VA’s “Buy vs. Build” […]

VA to Conduct In-depth Internal Review of Existing Canine Research Projects

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the Office of Research and Development (ORD) of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) extended its commitment to reduce future research on canines by initiating a rapid, in-depth internal review of existing canine research projects. An external group will review these recommendations and provide VA with guiding […]

VA Expands Transparency Efforts of Institutions Receiving GI Bill Payments

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing commitment to expand public transparency and accountability of agency expenditures, VA today released data showing GI Bill tuition and fee payments to VA-approved colleges, universities, and other education and training institutions across the country. Though there’s no dispute about the success of the program, […]

Veterans Affairs Provides Assistance in Wake of Yountville Tragedy

Our sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Pathway Home’s executive director, Christine Loeber and staff therapist Jen Golick killed at The Pathway Home, a private non-profit residential treatment facility located on the Yountville State Veterans Home campus. We have […]

VA Secretary Announces VA Open Application Programming Interface Pledge

In a keynote speech March 9 at a Las Vegas conference that attracted more than 45,000 professionals from the health-information and technology communities, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) David Shulkin encouraged health-care providers to sign a pledge to work with VA to accelerate the mapping of health data to industry standards, including […]

VA Announces Launch of ‘Lighthouse Lab’

Shared at a key health-information and technology conference in Las Vegas on March 5, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the  launch of a “beta” version of its Lighthouse Lab, a computer platform offering software developers access to tools for creating mobile and web applications that will help  Veterans better manage their care, services […]

DC VA Medical Center Demonstrates Significant Improvement

Today, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) outlined a series of major improvements undertaken at the DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) in the 11 months since the VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an interim report critical of the Medical Center. In April 2017, the Secretary immediately began replacing key members of the […]