DKI Consulting to Help Overhaul Veterans Affairs Health Care System

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<strong>Houston &mdash; Feb. 27</strong><br />DKI Consulting and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are pleased to announce a contract agreement valued at $5 million for the design, implementation and software support of the VA&rsquo;s new national health care system. DKI was chosen by the VA to work on this venture because of its continued efforts and success at NASA&rsquo;s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).<br /><br />Working at Veterans Health Information Technology (VHIT) division, DKI is enhancing the obsolescent Veteran Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), a suite of software packages comprised of more than 100 applications. It is used at 128 VA health care facilities nationwide to create electronic health records that provide the VA with essential clinical, financial, infrastructure and management tools.<br /><br />Other key objectives include building and expanding the use of the VA&rsquo;s information portal and My HealtheVet to increase benefit delivery and self-service to improve collaboration with the Department of Defense and to expand e-government. While the VistA software allows the VA to have a fully automated health information system to assist the needs of patients, clinicians and administrators, it has experienced difficulties due to the antiquated programs and steep fees associated with the managing programs. <br /><br />&ldquo;The problem for the VA is that the core of VistA is on outdated software that is not commonly used today other then the VA, thus making the maintenance of this system a financial challenge,&rdquo; said Todd Floyd, vice president of government services for DKI. &ldquo;We plan to aid VHIT by assisting in designing a system by utilizing current technologies and methodologies that will enhance VistA and, at the same time, drive down maintenance costs to something that is manageable.&rdquo;<br />

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