Flaw in the VA Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk

The department’s records platform, VistA, first instituted in the late 1970s, is lauded as effective, reliable, and even innovative, but decades of under-investment have eroded the platform. Multiple times throughout the 2010s, the VA has said it will replace VistA (short for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture) with a commercial product, and the latest iteration of this effort is currently ongoing.

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