Recent News

Department of Veterans Affairs KNARTS Program Recognized as a 2018 FedHealthIT Innovation Award Winner

Leesburg, VA, June 12, 2018 –  The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Office of Knowledge Based Systems’ (KBS) KNARTs (Knowledge Artifacts) program was recognized today by FedHealth IT with a 2018 Innovation Award.  The program is designed to support the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) healthcare community in achieving standardization of clinical content.  By organizing clinical knowledge and logic in a way that is universally shareable via any Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool, any Electronic Health Record (EHR), or any IT platform, clinicians gain workflow efficiencies, improving the quality and safety of patient outcomes while enhancing the referral process.

“This program brought together VA subject matter experts, clinicians, and a talented group of project management and IT professionals to create the first set of KNARTs across 10 clinical domains,” said Dwight Hunt, President and CEO of B3 Group. “By developing a solution that dynamically generates Clinical Knowledge Artifacts to provide evidence-based guidance to clinicians, the VA is  ensuring that our Veterans receive health services supported by the latest technology and latest medical studies.”

The VA’s award-winning program will help move the Department and the entire healthcare community towards standardization of clinical content and interoperable systems, thereby reducing costs for payers and increasing healthcare outcomes for patients.

The 4th annual 2018 FedHealthIT Innovation awards was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  The event brings together more than 300 Federal Health leaders from Government and industry to help celebrate and recognize 26 of the top Federal Health programs and the teams behind these innovative efforts in support of Veterans Affairs, Military Health, Health and Human Services, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.