VA plans update to health care architecture

The Veterans Affairs Department has put out a draft request for proposals to modernize the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture.

VistA, which hosts more than 100 applications, runs at 140 VA health care facilities nationwide. The architecture is too rigid, according to the department. VA wants to add functions to create an open-systems platform that will make it easier to adopt commercial software and adjust systems when VA makes changes in its business processes.

The announcement posted on FedBizOpps replaces one VA issued and then pulled in May. The new notice requires vendors to resubmit their responses if they replied to the earlier request for information.

VA plans to award five-year contracts to support VistA and to convert VistA apps that now use the M programming language to an environment that uses Java and a relational database management system. VA has a series of current VistA contracts that are set to expire in March.

The department expects to award multiple task order contracts based on support areas.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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