ABSTRACT

Veterans Affairs: Improved Management Processes Are Necessary for IT Systems That Better Support Health Care, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 4MB]

"VHA [Veterans Health Administration], an administration within VA [Department of Veterans Affairs], provides a broad range of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans. In doing so, VHA operates one of the nation's largest health care systems through 168 VA medical centers and more than 1,000 outpatient facilities. The administration managed total budget resources reported at nearly $91 billion in fiscal year 2016. Based on interest in VHA's ability to oversee its health care system and provide timely care, GAO [Government Accountability Office] reviewed IT [Information Technology] management at VHA. Specifically, GAO determined the extent to which VA's (1) IT management processes are consistent with leading practices and (2) current IT systems support VHA's core business functions. To do so, GAO analyzed documentation and interviewed officials about VA's approach to IT management processes related to strategic planning, investment management, and enterprise architecture, and compared VA's processes to leading practices. In addition, GAO reviewed data related to VA's IT systems and VHA's IT business needs. GAO further reviewed IT needs from three key VHA program areas. [...] GAO is recommending that VA address the deficiencies identified with IT strategic planning, investment management, and enterprise architecture; and ensure that the three programs' IT needs are addressed. VA agreed with GAO's recommendations and described actions planned to address them by the end of fiscal year 2018."

Report Number:
GAO-17-384
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Date:
2017-06
Copyright:
Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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