Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Designed as a cohort study, the Million Veteran Program (MVP) establishes an ongoing partnership with Veteran study participants who give their informed consent to share data with the researchers iteratively over time by authorizing access to electronic health record data, providing bio specimens for further analysis and/or providing self-reported data through personal logs, surveys, and fitness trackers. The information collected from Veterans using the MVP baseline and lifestyle survey instruments as part of the MVP cannot be obtained through other research methods, such as review of the Veterans' electronic health record data.
With respect to the following collection of information, VHA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VHA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VHA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.
More information is available via the Federal Register notice.