The Department of Veterans Affairs will not install a new patient scheduling system to all of its 153 hospitals and 50,000 users until 2020, according to contract documents released last week.But to be fair, their attempt at putting out the Obamacare website in 5 years didn't work out so well, so maybe they're just being realistic.
The VA views a new patient scheduling system as key to resolving problems which have consigned veterans to a waiting list limbo for months or years. In July, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans Affairs committee the new scheduling system would be deployed in 2016.
The new timeline for the patient scheduling system, released last week, said VA expects to deploy an “Alpha” version to the first 300 users at two hospitals in 2016. That would be followed by a beta version to 700 users at five hospitals in 2018 and installation at all 153 hospitals in 2020.
Jeez, what do think these things are, pyramids? I wonder about implementation after Cheop's Law has it's way:
Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.