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GAO Report: Historical Perspective on Health System Modernization Contracts and Update on Efforts to Address Key FITARA- Related Areas

 

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Abstract

The use of IT is crucial to helping VA effectively serve the nation’s veterans and, each year, the department spends billions of dollars on its information systems and assets. However, VA has faced challenges spanning a number of critical initiatives related to modernizing its major systems. To improve all major federal agencies’ acquisitions and hold them accountable for reducing duplication and achieving cost savings, in December 2014 Congress enacted federal IT acquisition reform legislation (commonly referred to as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA). GAO was asked to summarize its previous and ongoing work regarding VA’s history of efforts to modernize VistA, including past use of contractors, and the department’s recent effort to acquire a commercial electronic health record system to replace VistA. GAO was also asked to provide an update on VA’s progress in key FITARA-related areas, including (1) data center consolidation and optimization, (2) incremental system development practices, and (3) software license management. VA generally agreed with the information upon which this statement is based. What GAO Recommends GAO has made multiple recommendations to VA aimed at improving the department’s IT management. VA has generally agreed with the recommendations and begun taking responsive actions

Document Date: 
Dec 7, 2017
 
Author (organization): 
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
 
Document type: 
Report
 
Interests: 
Healthcare
Technology Management