Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A 40-year 'conspiracy' at the VA

Top VA officials attend a House Committee hearing in 2006 on the breach of data security at the department.
Four decades ago, in 1977, a conspiracy began bubbling up from the basements of the vast network of hospitals belonging to the Veterans Administration. Across the country, software geeks and doctors were puzzling out how they could make medical care better with these new devices called personal computers. Working sometimes at night or in their spare time, they started to cobble together a system that helped doctors organize their prescriptions, their CAT scans and patient notes, and to share their experiences electronically to help improve care for veterans.


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