Feb 07 2013
I was delighted to see the recent article Vets see promise in Hagel and his short VA tenure. It talked about his support for the VistA EHR system which was my briar patch back in the 1980’s:
“Hagel met with the programmers. “He found out about it and liked it, so he pushed it at the right time,” [Harry] Walters [Former VA Administrator] said. “Now it’s the most effective electronic health-record system in the country.”
The programmers presented Hagel with a certificate of appreciation at a banquet in 1982. “He stuck his neck out,” Munnecke said. “It was a gutsy decision on his part.”
And I continue to be amazed at how powerful the Underground Railroad I designed on a lark 30 years ago remains today.