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VA CIO Nominee LaVerne Council Says to Focus on Data Interoperability

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LaVerne Council
LaVerne Council

LaVerne Council, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the chief information officer post at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has described how she plans to manage VA’s technology team and annual technology spending of $4.2 billion, FCW reported Tuesday.

The former global CIO of Johnson & Johnson has told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that she intends to pursue data interoperability once she assumes the office of CIO, Adam Mazmanian reports.

Senators summoned Council to lay out her proposed timeline on migrating health data from the Defense Department to VA, according to the report.

“It’s not necessarily interoperability of the systems, it’s interoperability of the data,” she told lawmakers.

Mazmanian writes data integration between VA’s open source VistA system and the DoD’s electronic health record systems poses a challenge to the VA.

The Pentagon is currently working on an $11 billion procurement of an integrated healthcare system, FCW reports.


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