Google Cloud announced this week that it is partnering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to help developers build new tools aimed at connecting veterans to services and data.
The company said the partnership will enable VA to enhance its Lighthouse API program, which provides access to VA APIs to develop apps and other tools.
“This partnership is a logical next step to better connect Veterans with VA services, innovate with trusted third parties, and continue to provide a high-quality, digital-first customer experience that they can look forward to for the rest of their lives.” areas are accustomed to.” Dave Majik, director of the VA Lighthouse, said in a statement.
why it matters
The $13 million, multi-year contract represents the agency’s continued efforts to modernize access to its services.
Under the agreement, Google Cloud will deploy its API management program, APG, to help developers and partners build new software aimed at veterans.
For example, as the organization points out, manufacturers can use the VA’s benefits API to spin up apps that help veterans submit and track electronic benefits claims. They also point out that developers could use the VA’s Health API to build tools that give veterans access to medical records — especially notable given the beleaguered rollout of the agency’s new electronic health records system. Happened.
The APG deployment is built on a platform authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which provides a standardized approach to security authorizations for cloud service offerings. I
“We are honored to support the VA and our nation’s veterans,” Mike Daniels, Google Cloud’s VP of Global Public Sector, said in a statement.
As the largest healthcare provider in the United States, the VA has been at the forefront of IT innovation in some ways—including with regard to telemedicine, which it relied on before the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country. Was.
On the other hand, its efforts to modernize its EHR have faced several setbacks, although this year’s calendar now includes 11 more deployments.
On the record
Google Cloud’s Daniels said, “By making it easier for developers and partners to create new applications through Apigee, VA is fueling innovations that will ultimately enable veterans and their families to more easily access important benefits and services.”