New High-Tech Data Fusion Center To Track VA Health Care Problems

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VA Fusion Center
Photo from USA TODAY

Secretary David Shulkin will implement a new data fusion center with similar capabilities down the road to those used nationwide by law enforcement to monitor VA health care problems.

USA TODAY was given a sneak peek at the system:

Now, a cadre of monitors clustered deep within the VA headquarters in Washington is trying to upend that trend. They are stationed in a new “healthcare improvement center,” which tracks problems at VA hospitals across the country and dispatches help to fix them — ideally before they turn into crises.

VA Secretary David Shulkin gave USA TODAY an exclusive sneak peek at the center, where maps and lists are arrayed over 16 screens in a setup that resembles, well, an Uber-like control room for veteran health care.

Workers can toggle between various data points, including rates of death or avoidable complications, staffing and wait times. Red dots indicate hospitals faring poorly.

Shulkin likens the new system to air-traffic control instead of the data fusion centers used by law enforcement, which may be a more apt comparison probably not used by the agency to avoid spooking its criminal employees constantly scheming at every turn.

What Is A Data Fusion Center?

Data fusion centers are intelligence gathering centers used by national and local governments in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice that were set up largely between 2003-2007.

According to Wikipedia:

The fusion process is an overarching method of managing the flow of information and intelligence across levels and sectors of government to integrate information for analysis. That is, the process relies on the active involvement of state, local, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies—and sometimes on non-law enforcement agencies (e.g., private sector)—to provide the input of raw information for intelligence analysis. As the array of diverse information sources increases, there will be more accurate and robust analysis that can be disseminated as intelligence.

VA is moving closer to better integration between IBM Watson and its new Cerner led electronic health records. As the integrations reach their finality, it seems likely they will also be integrated with the fusion center presently being unveiled.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/31/exclusive-va-goes-high-tech-uber-like-tracking-center-veteran-health-care/814754001/

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devildog320
devildog320

I think this doesn’t actually mean a lot. Could be a PR stunt to show that the VA is doing something “cutting edge,” but as Ben has pointed out numerous times, the VA will distort the data entries (wait times, etc) so that everything will seem fine to the data centers. Of course, it’s much harder to hide deaths, but I suspect the control center will never learn about my 1.5 hour wait a few weeks ago, despite the fact that I had an appointment!

91Veteran
91Veteran
What would it matter to their system if your wait was 1.5 hours? From what is described in the article, it might take several vets waiting 1.5 hours before the siren goes off, then how many days will it take a flunky to evaluate the siren, then do something about it? Shulkins analogy about this system being like air traffic control is pretty piss poor. If the nations airport traffic controllers reacted as slowly as the VA does to serious problems, 5 to 6 smoking craters daily at many airports around the country would be acceptable. You would also have… Read more »
VAISLYINF.INC
total va bull shit just looking out for own ass @ spin more good pr bull shit just PUTTING MORE LIPSTICK ON THE VA PIG VETS SCREWED AGIN @ AGIN ? HOW MUCH $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ DOLLARS TO PUT LIPSTICK ON THE VA PIG SHITKIN SAYS NOTING ABOUT HELPING VETS THAT ARE DEAD DYING AT VA SHIT CARE
VAISLYINF.INC
VA DC HQ ONE BIG BIG FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET VA BUDGET FOR 2018 186 BILLION %$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ VA SEWAGE RATS ARE DOGS IN HEAT FOR THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ VETS THAT DYING CAN EAT SHIT ACCORDING TO AFGE UNION CONTRACTS HOLY SHIT BATMAN VET SCREWED AGIN @ AGIN
namnibor
namnibor
“[…Workers can toggle between various data points, including rates of death or avoidable complications, staffing and wait times. Red dots indicate hospitals faring poorly….]” It does NOT require equiv. of USAF’s Cheyenne Mountain Tracking to keep track of VA’s shortcomings and even IBM’s Watson has been telling them, “You could have saved Billion$ by just displaying a totally red screen because the systemic mess is one BIG RED fucking DOT”. Oh, and that ability to “toggle through various data points”, is nothing more than Nurse Ratchet’s menu of death options…like a modern witch’s recipe book. What I am suggesting is,… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I agree with “devildog320”!
Information still would have to be put in the system by someone! IF the information isn’t factual, then the read-out will be flawed!

Just another bullshit move by Secretary of VA, Dr. “Shithead Shulkin”!

namnibor
namnibor

I’ve made this analogy many times: “Jurassic Park”…they too, had an elaborate data center…but the reptiles still escaped due to that little thing called “Chaos Theory”, of which, the VA oozes with Chaos so what could possibly go wrong?!

Difference is the VA views we Veterans as the reptiles and we view the engorged purple teams as the reptiles and we’ve been at this impasse for generations of VA.

namnibor
namnibor

“Painting the roses red, Painting the turds gold”- Wonderland’s Red Queen on VA.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

It’s a high Tec smoke screen but I have my Bullshit penetrating glasses on

namnibor
namnibor

~~~LOL~~~ My brain needed the rush of endorphins from laughter. Thanks!

namnibor
namnibor

“[…an exclusive sneak peek at the center, where maps and lists are arrayed over 16 screens in a setup that resembles…]”
Place your bets now on how long it will take before Ben’s Blog has topic: ‘New VA Data Tracking Center 16 large screens used for porn…and am thinking that ex-Chief of VAOIG would have preferred 16 large screens over glass conference room windows.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Can’t you just hear the lyrics to Love Shack playing?

Vic
Vic

To me, the following paragraph should set off bells and whistles…

“Data fusion centers are intelligence gathering centers used by national and local governments in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice that were set up largely between 2003-2007.”

What of those of us that have had our medical record flagged? Think on it…

“used by national and local governments in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice”

And what interest do all these agencies have in our quality of medical care?

namnibor
namnibor

That’s the VA’s Disruptive Behavior Committee’s *integration* of tech to outside entities to make Veteran Suicide by local law enforcement more efficient.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Two new articles out from; “Military.com/Daily News” 1.) Titled; “Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Call VA Motto ‘Sexist'” Dated: 2 Nov. 2017 “Stars and Stripes | by Nikki Wentling Female veterans want the “…motto changed to be more inclusive!” In my opinion, with all the negative publicity coming out from many VA’s nationwide, WHY are they complaining about “inclusivity”? Seems like these women would want better healthcare and their claims processed quicker! But, Who am I to question these female veterans? _______________ 2.) Titled: “Hundreds of Recruits Get Sick at Marine Boot Camp!” From: “The San Diego Union-Tribune” | by Carl… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

@Crazy elf- The USAF Security Specialist School in San Antonio, TX sent me for 6 wks. additional heavy weapons training at an Army place called Camp Bullis and mind you, this was 1981, so the Vietnam War Era or older C-Rations were reasonably believed to be all right…Camp Bullis quickly became Camp Bullshit and a week later we all found ourselves doing combat exercises/training right in the very woods where many relieved themselves…a few 100 with the diabolical explosive diarrhea(DED). It was the C-Rations…the old box type.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

I didn’t like the green eggs and the green ham in that boxed lunch, not even on a train or in the rain I just didn’t like them

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
namnibor, I was talking about the older boxed type C-Rats when I was in basic (1964) all the way up until I was in Vietnam, for my second tour, in ALL of 1968. Later, in 1967 or 1968 (I believe) we in Vietnam started slowly receiving the “LRRP Rations”! Remember those in sealed packages? In 1969, for a couple of months, I was “tdy” to Ft. Polk as a D.I. at the “Vietnam Village”! The “C-Rats” were being still used there! Believe it or NOT, my favorite (once heated) was the “pork and (navy) bean” soup! I even baked corn… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Gee, change the motto which comes from Abraham Lincoln will truly make everything better with the VA.

Friggin fools.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

– – – Example of One Flagged Marine – – –

“http://www.pinalcentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/cg-veteran-afraid-to-get-treated-after-being-flagged-by/article_d36eb70e-7267-5268-987a-6f75c3e4fff5.html”

91Veteran
91Veteran
I’m a little dumbfounded by this. I will forever refer to this as the Wide Open Bitch Reduction system…the WOBR. Any guesses on how fast the AFGE demands firing this Whistle Blower? Couldn’t they get the same thing or more factual data by LISTENING to human whistle blowers rather than firing them? And at a cheaper cost? Hell they could even set up a keyword search on a few Facebook groups to find where they need improvement. This is a slick PR move to try get Donovan Slack at USA Today to write some good PR for the VA since… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
In all reality, the VA probably in effort to keep their tech at best ‘1984’, has IBM Watson disassembled in a utility closet, VA took all the $$$ for electronic records and IT upgrades, kept it, and only spent $$ on 16 very large ‘Operation’ Games from Milton Bradley, you know the ones, with the BIG RED BUZZER LIGHT NOSE? The items causing klaxons to go off left in various Vet body cavities from VA medical are already printed on the body on “Operation” game panels. Over the top? Maybe, but I still think the VA will sabotage even this… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Primary step in Accountable Health Care Organization set up. Taking longer than I thought but then it is complicated.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Here’s an unsettling article from: “The Post” —- “Featured Article” Titled; “Afghanistan – Opium funds the Taliban, The Taliban Guarantee Instability!” “Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of November, 2017 By Alice Greene a Staff Writer ” AccordIng to the article: “…the Taliban runs 40% of Afghanistan…” while the other 60% is run by the (criminal) government of Afghanistan! Where do y’all think all that opium and heroin is going? Which “BIG Pharma’s” are profiting from all these illegal exports? The Taliban is also illegally exporting other natural resources out of Afghanistan as well! This is a very interesting article! It’s… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
To be clear: The drug co.’s are NOT making Oxycodone from black tar heroin, it’s the Taliban and ISIS and various Cartels. The MSM wants to paint the picture that the opioid epidemic (pain pills abuse/addiction), and heroin epidemic are one and the same. They are not. The pain pills may be where a person was overprescribed or RX’d for way too long, got addicted and when Dr. finally cut them off went to street for either more pills or even more readily AND CHEAPER avail….HEROIN…once on heroin, the trainwreck of a life continues to skid sideways upside down and… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Sorry for the long rant. Rant Out.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Questions for All – – – Does anyone know how one can definitely make sure that their NOT flagged, tagged, or labeled as a rowdy, trouble making Vet (in the eyes of the VA staph)? I’ve been firm in holding my ground, on call my ex-VA PCP on the carpet per my medical treatment according the EBM Triad Model, and Patient Care protocols. Plus, how my disability, health, and civil rights have and are being violated. Many VA PCP’s don’t want me as a patient because I probe too much, ask too many round about questions, and have started to… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Has anyone ever seen the screen page on a VA’s monitor revealing the area where it would be checked, marked, or entered that one is disruptive? – – – Nutter.

Dennis
Dennis
Dear POTUS, I just got a glimpse at the new command center to catch evil doers within VA and I must say it is clear that we both clearly shared two common sets of ideals as children. First we both (clearly) yearned to be made President. Second we both were (clearly) impressed with The Bat Cave. I don’t mean the two single men sliding down the poles to get into tights part of The Bat Cave but rather the more testosterone charged section that showed evil doings popping up on the map… then Alfred tells Batman and Robin what to… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Just noticed something about Ben’s photo of that new command center: why didn’t they just place screens on the very large back office chairs? My eyes were tricked into thinking they were indeed super-modern curved screens but alas, silly me, they are just the backs of the hack’s chair in front of the contemplative man sitting there.

namnibor
namnibor

Or…they ARE screens that plug directly into cerebral cortex much like in ‘Matrix’ movie and the VA Disruptive Behavior Committee Stormtroopers plug-in to download the evil Veterans they chastised in day’s shifts?

Dennis
Dennis

nope. Cortical implants. Resistance is futile.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine
A little humor for the Day I took my glasses off “My fear is if North Korea nukes us, Trump gonna get us into a war.” · Maxine Waters……..2017″ “I invented the Internet.” ~Al Gore “America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don’t want that future, uh, for my children.” ~Barack Obama “I have campaigned in all 57 states.” ~Barack Obama (Quoted 2008) “You don’t need God anymore; you have us Democrats.” ~Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) “Paying taxes is voluntary.” ~Sen. Harry… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Thought Provoking Questions – – – (1.) How is this data-fusion center going to smoothly integrate with the Evidence / Experienced – Base Medicine Treatment Model, and the protocol of Patient Care? (2.) How is all of this information going to be correlated, so that mistakes are identified in the VA’s Network in the Health Care field? (3.) What major, impactful and new ways, above and beyond what humanoid VA PCP’s judgement calls that can-should-will detect these areas of errors or mistakes? (4.) Are there any projected issues that are perceived or thought to come about when implementing the Artificial… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

If you’re receiving pain medications from the VA, do yourself a big favor by reviewing the following guidelines. I’ve found many violations per the VA, which usually focuses on the amount of Opioids prescribed, and not the other related areas per prescribing Opioids and Opiates. – – – Nutter.

“https://www.va.gov/PAINMANAGEMENT/VHA_Pain_Management_Strategy.asp”

“https://www.va.gov/painmanagement/opioid_safety_initiative_osi.asp”

FRANCISCO
FRANCISCO

This is what DVA needs to avoid being busted. It is not doing this to help Veterans as much as to cover its butt

Don Karg
Don Karg

11/03/2017

Dear Benjamin Krause,

What happen to Watson? Why did Watson [2011 computer] not suggest this simple thought? Where is Watson? Still thinking? Or did Watson say something that the administration does not want to release; like back in the Reagan administration with the David Stockton?

As anyone asked what has become of Watson?

Sincerely,

Don Karg

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

I think Watson got a whiff of the VA and self destructed

james gallegos

manipulation, Fudge, Omit, fake wait lists. I promise to make the VA better ! Seems each week Secretary Shulkin promises to fix the VA. Yesterday I received a letter with my choice card !

Guess whos name was on the bottom of the letter ? Robert McDonald former VA Secretary.

Ya they are keeping up with the times.

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