The Department of Veterans Affairs, eyeing improved population health management, is developing substantial new capabilities for its VistA electronic health records system with initial rollouts starting later this year and in 2016.

Advances in care delivery models have “dramatically changed from physician-dominated practice to team-based, patient-centered care,” the department notes in a 2016 funding request to Congress. “To meet current and future needs, HIT systems must respond to these changes with expanded standards for data, tools for electronic health record interoperability, and new functionality for clinical decision making, teamwork and patient goals. This budget request is designed to ensure that the HIT solutions developed or purchased meet the current and future needs of the VHA healthcare teams at the time of deployment.”

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