The Veterans Affairs Department is scrapping a $472 million information technology system plagued by problems from the outset, after determining that the system could not be salvaged. VA Secretary Anthony Principi said Tuesday that Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the new system was being tested, would return to its old IT system in October. The problems at Bay Pines included inadequate training on the system that resulted in patient-care delays and a shortage of surgical supplies. Five officials connected with the project resigned or were reassigned as knowledge of its troubles grew. Of the $472 million budgeted for the system, $265 million has been spent. A spokesman did not know whether any funds would be recoverable. -- by Tony Fong
VA puts an end to $472 million IT disaster
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