VA Looks to Improve Interoperability, EHR Access with APIs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new effort to engage health information technology (IT) developers by making standards-based application programming interfaces available.

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As VA Deals with Rampant Infighting and Turnover, Lawmakers Call for Swift Action with EHR Project

A group of US lawmakers contend, in a letter to the acting Veterans Affairs administrator, that a combination of staffing vacancies and the appointment of ethically compromised VA officials has contributed to “malign neglect” of efforts to modernize the VA’s the electronic health record (EHR) system.

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Boost for Record Sharing as VA Joins NATE

As a member of NATE, the VA will be able to collaborate on policies and procedures for sharing health information with consumers outside of the VA system

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VA Nurse Whistleblower Fights Disciplinary Action for Using Patient Information

A Veterans Administration nurse who reported neglectful care at her facility to her lawyer says she was put on suspension and demoted for violating patient privacy protocols. Recent HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule protections for healthcare whistleblowers, however, could strengthen the nurse’s defense.

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VA Scheduling Scandal Investigation Reveals Troubling Data Integrity Practices, Takes Down Secretary

A government report on Veterans Health Administration (VA) scheduling practices have uncovered much more than a deeply flawed patient management system. It also revealed lapses in data integrity and information governance and has led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Many HIM professionals are closely watching the case, as it raises health information ethics and health record accuracy questions.

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