A Chicago medical facility jointly run by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is experiencing costly delays in health IT projects, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday, Healthcare IT News reports.
About the Center
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 authorized a five-year demonstration project to integrate VA and DOD medical care at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Chicago.
In April 2010, both departments signed an executive agreement outlining their expectations for the demonstration project.
In the report, GAO stated that several health IT capabilities included in the executive agreement for the demonstration project are "ill-defined."
The office added that VA and DOD lack a plan to complete or evaluate their work on the health IT capabilities.
GAO recommended that VA and DOD:
- Calculate the costs associated with the delays in implementing the health IT capabilities;
- Create clear, specific plans that outline deliverables and timeframes for implementing the IT capabilities;
- Develop an evaluation plan that outlines the performance measures and standards that will be used to evaluate the Federal Health Care Center demonstration project; and
- Include cost-effectiveness measures as part of the evaluation plan for the demonstration project (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 6/26).