Thursday, August 01, 2013

Does This Remind You Of Some Similar Sagas In Australia. Seems To Happen All Over!

This appeared a few days ago.

5 problematic HIT projects costing the government billions

July 26, 2013 | By Dan Bowman
Cost overruns and missed deadlines for several federal agency health technology projects are costing the government "billions of dollars," according to a Government Accountability Office report focusing on the inefficiency of agency IT initiatives published Thursday.
The report, which refers to the projects as "challenges" or "failures," also reveals that a public website developed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to track technology spending--the IT Dashboard--is plagued with inaccurate cost and schedule information.
"Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people," the report's authors wrote. "However, according to OMB, despite spending more than $600 billion on IT over the past decade, the federal government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT. Too often, federal IT projects run over budget, behind schedule or fail to deliver promised functionality. In combating this problem, proper oversight is critical."
Problematic health IT projects identified by the authors include:
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture--Foundations Modernization (VistA-FM): Created to address the need to transition VA's electronic health record system to a new architecture. The program cost $1.9 billion, and was terminated in October 2010.
  • The VA-U.S. Department of Defense Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR): Two  Congressional bills unveiled this month are designed to spur integration between the two agencies' systems, which has been an ongoing challenge for nearly two decades, the report's authors said. The idea of creating a joint EHR from scratch was nixed this past February, a decision that was met with considerable criticism. An amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act, passed last month, would increase oversight of the iEHR process.
To learn more:
- here's the 
report (.pdf)
The full article is here:
The scale of all this makes one weak at the knees. No further comment needed.

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