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Federal Officials Cite Slow Acquisition Process, Change Management as Hurdles to Health Innovation

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Government officials discussed the challenges to federal health care innovation during an event hosted by the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary for health services policy and oversight at the Department of Defense, cited poor change management and slow procurement process as obstacles to innovative projects.

“It’s really tough because when you’re implementing a new electronic health record, you’re telling practitioners and physicians to practice differently, and that I think for us has been a really tough thing,” Adirim said Wednesday ACT-IAC’s Health Innovation Day.

Drew Myklegard, portfolio lead for project transition and integration at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Innovation Center, said organizational change management could hamper technology implementation efforts.

“When it comes to implementation [the barrier] is organizational change management. We can’t get enough talent in fast enough that can deliver these solutions, we are always looking for talent. And we are looking for the culture to change even faster,” Myklegard said.