Major programs within VA

Wireless upgrade.'VA recently invested $3.4 million in its BarCode Medication Administration wireless networks project awarded through its Procurement of Computer Hardware and Software (PCHS-2) contract. The department also spent $10 million to secure stored patient information. The system is designed to let doctors search for medical records in different facilities using one system.

Shared veteran and military personnel information.'VA will consolidate its eight processes for veterans registration, linking them to the Defense Department's Defense Manpower and Data Center and the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. The consolidation effort will offer a single point of access for benefits information by active-duty service members, as well as retired and Reserve members.

Tech support. The Veterans Health Administration will award up to $1.3 billion for maintenance and help desk support services through the Veterans Integrated Software Technology Architecture contract, which supports day-to-day operations at local VA health-care facilities.

Accessibility software. The department plans to issue a request for proposals soon for computer software for blind and visually impaired users. The department is considering spending as much as $110,000 on the software.

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