VA Releases Report on Upgrading EHR System, Social Media Progress

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs released its Fiscal Year 2010 Performance and Accountability Report, which in part examines the agency's progress in social media and in updating its electronic health record system, Federal Computer Week reports.

Among other management and performance objectives, the report said that the agency will develop two new prototypes to modernize its VistA EHR system. The prototypes will be based on the "A Virtual Implementation of VistA" platform, or AViVA, including a browser-based user interface.

Meanwhile, the report found that VA's Facebook page is the largest and fastest-growing among Cabinet agencies.

In addition, the report's performance review section noted that VA met nine performance objectives, while failing to meet 12 others. One of the goals the agency met was to provide patients with health care appointments within 30 days of the request (Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, 11/17).

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