Since implementing new strategies in 2011 to improve management of medical supplies and equipment in VA medical centers, the Veterans Health Administration is off to a slow start “and significant concerns remain,” according to the Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency.

For instance, as of December 2012, VHA was pilot testing a new inventory management system, but hasn’t fully funded the pilot, has limited staffing resources to implement it and has not resolved integration issues with legacy systems, according to a GAO report issued in April. The agency also is deploying an electronic tracking system to better locate certain supplies and equipment, but interoperability issues with other inventory management systems haven’t been worked out.

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