The Department of Veterans Affairs

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The Department of Veterans Affairs: Supporting Patient-Centeredness Through Technology The Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System includes 152 hospital facilities and 989 outpatient clinics (fiscal year 2012); making it the largest integrated healthcare system with 323,733 employees and 81,989 nursing employees (25 percent of the Veteran’s Health Administration workforce). In FY 2012, there were over 8.7 million enrollees in the VA healthcare system. VA reorganized several years ago, creating the Office of Informatics and Analytics. Informatics is the link between clinical expertise, technology, and information flow. The vision of this organization is to support veteran patient engagement and to transform healthcare through technology, making it more efficient, effective, and patient-centered. Patients need to be engaged and included in their care, patient information needs to be quickly accessible to providers within and between facilities, and the healthcare workforce needs tools to help them efficiently manage patient care.
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