WASHINGTON – After officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday confirmed four deaths have been linked to a new computer system first deployed in Spokane, senators threatened consequences for the company being paid $10 billion for the system.
WASHINGTON – The company behind a new Department of Veterans Affairs computer system that has harmed Inland Northwest patients since Spokane became its testing ground in 2020 is pushing back after House Republicans introduced two bills that would either freeze the system’s further rollout or scrap it altogether.
A group of House Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill that would halt the Department of Veterans Affairs' rollout of a troubled computer system until it fixes problems that have harmed veterans and strained hospital staff since it was launched in the Inland Northwest in October 2020.
WASHINGTON – Spokane’s VA hospital and other medical facilities across the country suffered a major slowdown Monday and part of Tuesday after an update to a troubled electronic health record system caused a “performance degradation,” the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday.
More than two years after its launch in Spokane, employees at Mann-Grandstaff say the system has exacerbated staffing problems, pushing people like Bank to leave key roles and making hiring more difficult. The hospital’s decreased capacity has left more veterans to seek care in the private sector, which can mean longer wait times and higher costs to the taxpayers who fund VA care.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it will postpone the rollout of a troubled computer system it has been testing in Spokane for the past two years and will notify more than 40,000 veterans in the Inland Northwest, Oregon and Ohio that their treatment may have been delayed by problems with the system.
WASHINGTON – After the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted a new medical record system has upended the budget of Spokane’s VA hospital, the department’s top health official said Wednesday the issue would not result in cuts to service at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center or other facilities using the system.
WASHINGTON – In a pair of hearings this week, Congress ramped up its scrutiny of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ $10 billion contract with Oracle to modernize veterans’ medical records, as the tech giant promised to revamp the troubled computer system it acquired only months earlier.