HIT Infrastructure: Oak Ridge Probed Health IT Infrastructure to Solve VA Problem

“Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a look at the underlying health IT infrastructure when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was having trouble with thousands of automatic cancellations of diagnostic test orders at VA hospitals.”

“As reported by USA Today, patients were showing up for diagnostic tests and finding out that the test orders had been cancelled, not by their doctor.”

“Working with the VA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted an investigation into why these cancellations were happening.”

“The researchers discovered that the cancellations were the result of machine errors, explained Olufemi Omitaomu, Ph.D., a senior researcher at the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory…”

“According to the research paper summarizing the undertaking, the team developed an end-to-end framework for improving the reliability and performance of the health IT infrastructure.”

“Oak Ridge wants the framework to be applicable beyond the VA—to the Department of Defense and even the private sector. He expects the surveillance component in particular to have wide health IT application.” Read the full article here.

Source: Oak Ridge Probed Health IT Infrastructure to Solve VA Problem – By Fred Donovan, June 13, 2019. HIT Infrastructure.

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