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Veterans Affairs Seeking Proposals For Mobile Appointment App (CREDIT: veterans.house.gov)

Veterans Affairs Seeking Proposals For Mobile Appointment App

Department of Veterans Affairs looks to decrease wait times and security problems with new mobile app.

Veterans looking to schedule an appointment and sort through available times via their mobile device will be able to do so in the future.

According to Stripes.com:

On Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs will ask companies to make proposals for a new mobile application for scheduling care at its nationwide network of hospitals and clinics, officials said during testimony Tuesday in the House.

Eventually, the app could allow veterans to request an appointment and see available slots. It is part of the agency’s effort to overhaul a decades-old electronic scheduling system implicated in a patient wait-time scandal and rife with security flaws that put millions of patients’ personal information at risk to hackers.

“We are expecting to get capability online in [fiscal year] ’15,” Stephen Warren, chief information officer at the VA Office of Information and Technology, told Stripes.com.

A decision on the contract is supposed to be reached in March.

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