In 2002, the Institute of Medicine called the Veterans Health Administration's health network's clinical information technology system, including its quality improvement framework, "one of the best in the nation." In its section of the plan presented July 21 by national IT czar David Brailer, M.D., the veterans system included a list of 17 clinical performance benchmarks in which it showed remarkable internal improvement. The Veterans Health Administration, also known as the VA, beat the numbers posted by the best health plans reporting to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA, and by Medicare. A selection of those results follows.
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