Department of Veterans Affairs

Save Millions by Upgrading Software!

How many government agencies use old software and waste millions of dollars printing paper?

 

Modern software allows one to fax or email patient information directly to outside companies.

 

At present, though, the Las Vegas VA uses an antiquated software program that requires staff to print out exam requests, histories, labs, and demographics. All must then be faxed, which waste paper for confirmation of successful or failed transmission.

 

Upgrading to a modern program (likely Windows-based) would eliminate a significant portion of funds used for paper, toner, and maintenance on printers and fax machines.

 

Updated software would also permit retrieval of stored information for review or allow information to be resent should the need arise.

 

There is so much paper used in a supposedly eco-friendly age, but many agencies are still behind the times. The question is: Why?

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