September 25, 2018 -- The VA has awarded FTC its 27th task order on the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract vehicle, entitled Pharmacy Graphic User Interface (GUI) Advanced Medication Platform Development (APML). Under this two-year task order for VA’s Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Office, FTC will enhance the currently outdated functionality of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) by integrating Graphical User Interface (GUI) capabilities into the processing of pharmacy medication orders. As VA pharmacists face numerous decision points involving the need for medical knowledge during the course of providing patient care, a lack of access to this medical knowledge can limit decision making ability, increase potential for errors and adverse events, and decrease the quality of care and health outcomes. FTC will employ an Agile development framework aligned to VA’s Veteran-focused Integration Process (VIP) that focuses on testing, automation, continuous integration, and cloud-based delivery of AMPL Pharmacy GUI capabilities. These capabilities will enable more than 11,000 pharmacists and technicians to make better informed decisions through the intelligent filtering, organization, and presentation of patient-specific information at the point of care delivery.
FTC currently supports VA’s Pharmacy Reengineering (PRE) programs under two separate T4NG task orders, to include providing architecture, database and system administration, and technical support as part of the broader effort to replace VA’s outdated, legacy pharmacy applications to meet current and future needs. This win solidifies FTC’s role as a key player in the advancement of VA’s efforts to employ robust electronic health records and improve veteran safety and the efficiency of the medication order process.