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Cerner Advisory Group to Assist with VA EHR Implementation

The group will provide recommendations to ensure a successful EHR implementation of Cerner technology at VA.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner recently created an Advisory Group to offer insights and recommendations to support Cerner’s work on the EHR modernization at VA.

The group includes former government, military, and private sector leaders interested in optimizing Veteran healthcare and wellness.

“Each member of our VA Advisory Group brings exceptional knowledge and experience, which will help us deliver a seamless care experience for our nation’s veterans,” said Cerner Senior Vice President Travis Dalton. “As we work with VA to modernize its health record system, the incredibly accomplished members of this group will provide advice and guidance on our approach to improving every veterans’ experience across the system of care – both within VA and with community providers.”

Former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey will chair the group.

“Our Veterans deserve continuous access to their medical records while in the service and afterward, whether they are seen in VA or a private health care system,” said Kerrey. “I received years of treatment from VA and have firsthand experience with the challenges veterans often face when receiving care.”

Other members of the Advisory Group include the following:

  • Former VA CEO and Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology Roger Baker 
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas Senior Vice President and Medical Director of Community Integrated Health Daphne Bascom, MD, PhD
  • First Data Corporation Senior Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Citizenship Vivian Greentree, PhD
  • Former National Coordinator and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, MD.
  • Former VA Chief Technology Officer Marina Martin 
  • Lieutenant General (Ret) & CGI Federal Senior Vice President James Peake, MD
  • Hospital Corporation of America Clinical Services President and CMO Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD 
  • Brigadier General Donald Scott 

VA Secretary David Shulkin confirmed the decision to select Cerner’s commercial EHR to replace the former homegrown VistA system in June.

The decision to select Cerner was partially based on the need to facilitate interoperability between VA and the Department of Defense (DoD). DoD’s Military Health System (MHS) GENESIS system uses a Cerner platform similar to the one VA plans to develop.

 “At VA, we know where almost all of our Veteran patients is going to come from — from the DoD, and for this reason, Congress has been urging the VA and DoD for at least 17 years — from all the way back in 2000 — to work more closely on EHR issues,” stated Shulkin.

Along with Cerner’s Advisory Group, VA will also collaborate with DoD to develop the modernized EHR system. By working together during the implementation process, the federal departments intend to reduce redundancies and combine resources for solutions. 



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