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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

DSS Advanced Prosthetics Acquisition Tool (APAT)
DSS Advanced Prosthetics Acquisition Tool (APAT) Technology

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Description: DSS Advanced Prosthetics Acquisition Tool (APAT) integrates with Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and is designed to automate purchasing workflows and streamline the acquisition of prosthetics, orthotics, and other sensory aids by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and medical centers. APAT assists users in expediting the bidding process for the prosthetics department and supports secure electronic document management by helping users scan, index, and retrieve purchasing information. APAT enables electronic bid process and purchase order management, provides a full-color Graphical User Interface (GUI), tracks comprehensive workflow throughout the process, and allows access to standard and ad-hoc reporting capabilities for ongoing order improvement.

This technology utilizes a Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server database. Documents are scanned into APAT, and the user stores those documents pointers locally in the APAT database. Also, all purchase orders, quotes, and stock issues are stored in APAT`s database for future reference, if needed in the event of an audit.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.11
Decision Date: 11/01/2022 at 15:15:01 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Document Storage Systems, Inc (DSS)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/01/2022 at 15:15:01 UTC).