2018 News

When to Build and When to Buy: COTS Solutions vs. Custom Software Development

Posted by Dan Wayland on Mar 5, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Nearly one year ago, Secretary David Shulkin of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) is moving away from custom built software products and development in favor of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to provide for Veteran healthcare. This shift in the VA’s approach to software development represents a challenging decision: whether to build custom software systems from a general-purpose programming language, or whether to buy existing COTS solutions that seem to fit business needs and user requirements. In fact, many businesses outside government face this same difficult question, whether they are large corporations or small startups. It can be a dilemma to determine which route to choose.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Healthcare, Mobile and Web Applications, Application Sustainment

Ellumen Expands Sustainment Portfolio in VA with CWINRS Task Order Award

Posted by Mary Carroll on Nov 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Ellumen Awarded VA Task Order to Update and Sustain Information System Critical to Veteran Rehabilitation and Benefits

Ellumen Inc., a trusted provider of professional services and IT solutions, has been awarded a task order for sustainment of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Corporate, Waco, Indianapolis, Newark, Roanoke, Seattle System (CWINRS)—an application critical to processing and fulfilling Veteran health benefits and rehabilitation. CWINRS acts as a Case Management System allowing Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) staff to maintain accurate data in tracking and moving cases through the vocational rehabilitation process. Under this $2.1 million task order, awarded through the VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract vehicle,

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Topics: Government Health IT, T4NG, Interoperability, Data Sharing, Healthcare, Application Sustainment