It's been a busy month for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. On the heels of CIO Roger Baker's resignation last week, Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin told FedScoop this week that he, too, will resign, effective March 1. Levin has been the driving force behind the VA's Blue Button initiative, which enables veterans to download their medical records from secure websites offered by their doctors.
Meanwhile, Nextgov has reported that the House Veterans' Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 27 regarding the joint decision by the VA and the U.S. Department of Defense to alter their plans for an integrated electronic health record. Rather than building the iEHR from scratch, the departments announced on Feb. 6 that they would instead create a system using existing technologies.