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VA Awards $11.4M to Liberty IT Solutions to Enhance VistA EHR

Liberty IT Solutions received a 3-year, $11.4 million task order to enhance modules part of VA’s existing VistA EHR system.

VA awarded Liberty IT Solutions an $11.4 million task order to enhance the VistaA EHR system.

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By Kate Monica

- VA recently awarded Liberty IT Solutions a three-year, $11.4 million task order for the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Enhancements Phase 2 (EP2), which will help to enhance care coordination and patient health data access for providers using VA’s existing VistA EHR system.

As part of the task order, Liberty will boost VistA EHR functionality to improve providers’ ability to review patient health information and complete clinical documentation. Additionally, the enhanced CPRS module will allow providers to more easily access patient test results and other clinical information online.

The task order includes a 12-month base and two 12-month option periods.

CPRS offers VA clinicians, managers, quality assurance staff, and researchers secure access to patient EHRs. The coming project will expand and improve the existing interface integrated with the VistA EHR system.

“Liberty, along with ManTech and PGT Solutions, will carry out the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Enhancements Phase 2 (EP2) task order, bringing necessary updates and changes to this large and diverse system,” said Liberty CEO Bill Greene.

“Liberty is always proud to be able to partner with VA on important tasks in support of our nation’s Veterans and is excited to employ our experience and knowledge of health IT on this CPRS task,” Greene continued.

Liberty will also work to improve the efficiency of CPRS and enhance patient safety by enabling providers timely access to patient EHRs across areas of patient care including pharmacy and patient nutrition.

Liberty and its subcontractors — ManTech and PGT Solutions — will combine their expertise and experience to update the CPRS system to better meet the needs of VA patients and providers.

VA is currently in the midst of a $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation project projected to take about a decade. The Cerner implementation will begin in the Pacific Northwest to mirror the Department of Defense’s own EHR modernization efforts. DoD completed its Cerner implementation — MHS GENESIS — in the Pacific Northwest in October 2017.

The federal agency plans to maintain its VistA system until the new Cerner EHR is in place to ensure veterans visiting eastern care sites will still benefit from an EHR system over the next ten years.

“We have to make some very strategic, targeted investments to maintain the state-of-the-art nature of VistA, things like scheduling systems, whatever that might be to keep that going,” said former acting VA CIO Scott Blackburn. “Maintaining two large systems for 10 years is going to be a challenge.”

Liberty IT Solutions is also part of a team of 24 businesses Cerner recently selected to assist with its VA EHR implementation.

Liberty, Leidos, MicroHealth, Accenture, HRG Technologies, MedSys Group, and 18 others will contribute their extensive experience with large enterprise systems in the commercial sector to the $10 billion project.

Many health IT companies part of the core team are veteran-owned, and will lend their experience and expertise to ensure the deployment process runs smoothly. The companies will also assist in enabling seamless health data exchange between VA and DoD.

Other businesses part of the strategic team include ACI Federal, PM Solutions, and Sharpe Medical Consulting.

“We have formed a world class team that has the best interest of Veterans at heart,” said Cerner Government Services President Travis Dalton.

“We will continue to seek and bring the best talent available to the VA. Our nation’s Veterans deserve the highest quality care and we are confident we have brought the right players to this team to succeed in our collective mission,” he continued.

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