WASHINGTON – A House subcommittee on Thursday questioned the Department of Veterans Affairs’ plan to launch a troubled computer system at a hospital near Chicago, after problems in the Inland Northwest prompted the department to stall the system’s rollout for almost two years.
WASHINGTON – An Eastern Washington veteran and his wife are suing the federal government and the companies behind a computer system the Department of Veterans Affairs has tested in Spokane, alleging that flaws in the system delayed the diagnosis of cancer that became terminal before it could be treated.
WASHINGTON – In hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and Thursday, officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs said they remain committed to a troubled computer system that has harmed patients in the Inland Northwest, despite uncertainty about when – and if – its problems will be fixed.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs “will spare no expense” to maintain staff and services at VA hospitals in Spokane and Walla Walla, an official told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers after the Spokane Republican raised concerns about budget problems tied to a computer system being tested in the Inland Northwest.
WASHINGTON – After visiting Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center at the end of May, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Northwest regional director assured staff that the Spokane hospital won’t cut its workforce as a result of a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.
WASHINGTON – The secretary of veterans affairs on Wednesday pledged to look into reports that Spokane’s VA medical center could be forced to cut staff due to a budget deficit caused largely by a flawed computer system, but he stopped short of pledging not to reduce the hospital’s workforce.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A projected $35 million budget deficit at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center caused largely by the use of a flawed computer system is forcing the Spokane hospital to reduce its staff, according to an internal email, despite the ongoing effects of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to test the system there.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced it renegotiated its $10 billion contract with the tech giant Oracle to adopt the company’s Cerner electronic health record system in the nation’s VA hospitals and clinics, indicating that the troubled computer system will remain in use in the Inland Northwest for at least the next year.