Department of Veterans Affairs Initiatives

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The Veterans Affairs Initiatives helps veterans by providing them with social services. [1]

Allocation Resource Center (ARC) (Health Resources Management)

The ARC provides IT services for systems designed to support the VHA CFO's ability to develop, implement, and maintain resource allocation methodologies; gather and report on financial aspects of patient workload and cost; classify patients based on care and diagnosis rendered; and train and provide information to management officials throughout VA.

Decision Support System (DSS)

The DSS transforms day-to-day operational data into tactical information that can be used by managers to make informed operational decisions.

Decision Support System (DSS) Modernization

The DSS will modernize the existing VA DSS information technology system through analysis, identification, development, and implementation of system architecture that interfaces with current and future VA-wide system information technology structures. [2]

Federal Health Information Exchange (FHIE)

Provides current and historical data feeds electronically from CHCS I to the FHIE repository node on selected data types for active-duty, retired, and separated service members.

Fee Basis Replacement (FBR)

The FBR will replace a claims-processing system used by VA that processes claims made by veterans and providers for non-VA care. The new system will ensure effective and efficient authorization and payment processing for all non-VA care, including state and home health care and community nursing home programs.

Health Administration Center (HAC) IT Operations

The HAC provides a variety of critical programs mandated by Congress and facilitates delivery of high-quality services to veterans and their family members. [3]

Health Data Repository (HDR)

Defined as a repository of clinical information normally residing on one or more independent platforms for use by clinicians and other personnel in support of patient-centric care.

Health Enrollment

Health Enrollment includes functionality to accept and process veterans’ applications for enrollment, share veterans eligibility and enrollment data with all VA health care facilities involved in veterans' care, manage veterans' enrollment correspondence and telephone inquiries, and support national reporting and analysis of enrollment data.

Health Infrastructure

The health infrastructure is primarily a hardware-refresh project designed to put VA general office automation support servers, workstations, and peripherals on a 4-year replacement schedule. It will consolidate the services of several smaller computer facilities into an existing larger computer facility on newer hardware, providing greater reliability while reducing overall computer space and IT staff. It will establish a working contingency plan for the consolidated site.

Joint (VA/DoD) Patient Electronic Health Record (JPEHR)

The JPEHR plan will provide interoperability between the two health information systems of VA and DoD. The plan provides for the exchange of health data by the departments and development of a health information infrastructure and architecture supported by common data, communications, security and software standards, and high-performance health information systems. (See FHIE.)

Patient Financial Services System (PFSS)

The PFSS will create a comprehensive business solution for revenue improvement utilizing improved business practices, commercial software, and enhanced VA clinical applications.

Pharmacy Reengineering and IT Support

Facilitates improved VA pharmacy operations, customer service, and patient safety, concurrent with pursuit of full re-engineering of VA pharmacy applications.

Scheduling Replacement

Will develop a next-generation appointment application based on business process re-engineering and the Institute for Health Care Improvement guidelines for open and advanced access to care models.

Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA)

Vista is the nationwide clinical information system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).[4] VistA increases the efficiency of patient care documentation and remote data interoperability which allows for VA providers from one facility to view data from other facilities.[4] VistA is public domain and freely available through the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

VA Benefits to EMR

Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) provides Veterans with transportation to and from their VA health care appointments, which avails the service to care and continuity of care for many who would otherwise be limited in mobility.

Many other distinguished services such as VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP),Minority Veterans Program (National Call Center for Homeless Veterans), Military Sexual Trauma, Family Caregivers Program,and many more.[1] Further eloborate information is available at


  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Initiatives
  2. Decision Support System (DSS) Modernization
  3. Health Administration Center (HAC) IT Operations
  4. 4.0 4.1 What is VistA?