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Lawmakers Blast $1.3 Billion Price Tag For VA’s ‘Agile’ Paperless Claims System

Lawmakers are questioning the cost projections of the VA’s new paperless claims system as its total cost approaches $1.3 billion, more than double its $579 million budget. The VA is using agile development methodologies on the project and requests funding for new functionality annually. The system is credited with shrinking the disability claims backlog to 80,000, the lowest in the VA’s history.

Digital health firms, say goodbye to easy venture capital

Analysts at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference forecasted a contraction in digital health investments in 2016 due to poor healthcare IT stock performance. GE Ventures director Ruchita Sinha says, “There will be a correction. There’s a strong sense of realism coming back into the market.”

Devin Jopp Resigns as President and CEO of WEDI

WEDI president and CEO Devin Jopp resigns and is now the CEO at Future Focus Health, a health IT consulting agency. The WEDI Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify a replacement.

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Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Is the price of the VA system any more outrageous than the prices being paid to vendors to digitize medical care in the private sector? And, where are the benefits, actually?

    The, there is CMS who used MU $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ incentives as a ruse to achieve EHR adoption, without proven benefit. He should have called it Meaningful Ruse!

    Thank you for all you do.







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