Examining the Progress and Challenges in Modernizing Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 22, 2016 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the June 22, 2016 hearing on "Examining the Progress and Challenges in Modernizing Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," held before Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. From the opening statement of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal: "The decades of unsuccessful attempts to establish an electronic health record system compatible across the VA [Veterans Administration] and the DOD have caused hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted in efforts that have been abandoned. As I have said to Secretaries of both the VA and the DOD in a letter I sent earlier in Congress, these kinds of integrated, up-to-date electronic health care records are absolutely critical to ensure that health care providers have access to the health information they need to care for veterans and transitioning service members, and the cost to VA has been very high, both in terms of budget and its credibility and reputation. As the VA undertakes efforts to transform its IT [information technology] infrastructure, security has to be a top priority. Security breaches have to be prevented and remedied, because this information is sensitive and personal. I am hopeful that the new leadership that has taken over at the VA--and I join the Chairman in commending the Secretary for bringing into the VA that new leadership--will address these problems with the seriousness they deserve." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David J. Shulkin and Valerie Melvin.
S. HRG. 114-737; Senate Hearing 114-737
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