SPOTLIGHT: Cuts to new scheduling system to save VA $37M this year

The decision to stop work on an online appointment-scheduling system will save the Department of Veterans Affairs $37 million this year, or about two-thirds of the projected $54 million in savings from halting 12 IT programs department-wide. The scheduling system, called the Replacement Scheduling Application Development program, which already has cost the VA $167 million to date, still could be restarted in the future, but likely with a different approach and a new name. FierceHealthIT