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Veterans Affairs Information Technology: Management Attention Needed to Improve Critical System Modernizations, Consolidate Data Centers, and Retire Legacy Systems
GAO-17-408T: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2017.
GAO noted in July 2016 that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had moved forward with an effort to modernize its health information system—the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA)—but that the department is uncertain of its long-term plan for addressing its electronic health record system needs beyond fiscal year 2018. Beyond modernizing VistA, GAO repor...
Veterans Health Care: Improvements Needed in Operationalizing Strategic Goals and Objectives
GAO-17-50: Published: Oct 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) uses a multi-step strategic planning process to develop its strategic goals and objectives, which includes two key steps—(1) identifying and assessing factors that may affect health care delivery, which is referred to as environmental scanning, and (2) holding the annual National Leadership Council (NLC) Strategic Plan...
VA Health Care: Processes to Evaluate, Implement, and Monitor Organizational Structure Changes Needed
GAO-16-803: Published: Sep 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2016.
Recent internal and external reviews of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operations have identified deficiencies in its organizational structure and recommended changes that would require significant restructuring to address, including eliminating and consolidating program offices and reducing VHA central office staff. However, VHA does not have a process that ensures recommended organizationa...
Veterans Affairs: Sustained Management Attention Needed to Address Numerous IT Challenges
GAO-16-762T: Published: Jun 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2016.
In February 2015, GAO designated Veterans Affairs (VA) health care as a high-risk area based on its concerns about the department's ability to ensure the quality and safety of veterans' health care in five broad areas, one of which was information technology (IT) challenges. Of particular concern at that time was the failed modernization of an outpatient appointment scheduling system, suspended de...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Assess Decrease in Root Cause Analyses of Adverse Events
GAO-15-643: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015.
To address adverse events, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers (VAMC) completed 18 percent fewer root cause analyses (RCA) in fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2010, and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has not analyzed the reasons for the decrease. VHA's National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) officials told GAO they were aware of the decrease, but were not certai...
Managing for Results: Efforts to Strengthen the Link Between Resources and Results at the Veterans Health Administration
GAO-03-10: Published: Dec 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2002.
Encouraging a clearer and closer link between budgeting and planning is essential to improving federal management and instilling a greater focus on results. Through work at various levels within the organization, this report on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--and its two companion studies on the Administration on Children and Families (GAO-03-09) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (G...
Veterans Affairs: Status of Effort to Consolidate VA Data Centers
AIMD-98-94: Published: Apr 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) plans to consolidate mainframe computer operations at the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) benefits delivery centers in Hines, Illinois, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at VA's Austin, Texas, Automation Center (AAC).GAO noted that: (1) in response to a 1995 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) bulle...