In response to reader commentary on Joseph Conns two-part series Military officers cite problems with AHLTA at hearing" and Military health leader pledges AHLTA improvements":
I agree with Bob Olmedo's remarks that the U.S. federal government has spent millions of dollars in a system that works, inside and outside of the Veterans Affairs Department as many have proven by implementing it outside the VA with great success, at a fraction of the cost of most comparable commercial systems. Nonetheless, the big gorillas who have millions of dollars in lobbyists and many "juicy" contracts with the federal government will push to "reinvent the wheel" and/or "build a better mouse trap."
The only concern about Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture that I've heard that could have merit is that its back end is built using a technology for which there are few developers ready or willing to dive into. So if the Defense Department wants to waste more taxpayers' money, why not then take the current VistA, jointly with those who have taken it and made it applicable and available to users outside of the VA, and rewrite the back end in a nonproprietary platform such as Java, so it continues to be accessible to all of us (taxpayers) who have paid for VistA and Defense's AHLTA and need such a tool to curtail healthcare costs. Anything else will be "government transparency." Yes, we will all transparently see how government wastes money with one hand as it has a solution in the other.