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Shulkin Requests $728M in Funds for VA Cerner EHR Implementation

November 16, 2017 - VA Secretary David Shulkin recently requested that Congress redirect $728 million from its current budget to fund the VA Cerner EHR implementation. Shulkin made the request at a House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. Shulkin stated the agency is eager to sign the contract with Cerner and complete negotiations to start the process...


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VA Cerner Implementation Contract Likely to Top Out at $10B

by Kate Monica

VA will likely dole out $10 billion for the Cerner implementation contract, according recently unsealed documents in the CliniComp case against the federal agency. Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby of the Court of Federal Claims ruled CliniComp lacked...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector

by Kate Monica

More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

Cerner Seeks EHR Contracts with More Government Agencies

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation recently held its third quarter 2017 earnings call with investors and expressed an interest in landing EHR contracts with additional federal agencies beyond the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs...

VA to Complete Cerner EHR Implementation in 7 to 8 Years

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will fully complete the Cerner EHR implementation and transition all VA patient health records to the new system in seven to eight years, according to testimony from VA Secretary David A. Shulkin, MD at...

Federal Judge Dismisses Case Over VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Kate Monica

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by San Diego-based health IT company CliniComp to overturn the VA decision to select Cerner Corporation as its commercial EHR provider. CliniComp sued the federal government in August for awarding...

VA to Award Cerner EHR Implementation Contract Within 30 Days

by Kate Monica

VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the federal agency will award its EHR implementation contract to Cerner Corporation in the next thirty days. The announcement came during the recent Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last week. The...

DoD Completes Third MHS Genesis EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Cerner recently launched its Department of Defense (DoD) EHR system, MHS Genesis, at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in Seattle, marking the third successful roll out for the pilot. "Over the past several years, members of the Navy Medicine...

Standardization, Collaboration Drive Interoperability at Cerner

by Kate Monica

Achieving true interoperability is paramount to maximizing the myriad benefits of health IT and delivering safe, efficient patient care. Federal agencies, healthcare organizations, and health IT companies alike are working to facilitate seamless...

VA Receives $65M in Funding for Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The House Appropriations Committee recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, allotting $78.3 billion in discretionary funding for VA healthcare modernization and improvements....

Epic Keeps VA Scheduling Contract Despite Cerner Decision

by Kate Monica

Epic Systems will maintain its contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) valued at more than $600 million despite the federal agency selecting Cerner to provide its replacement EHR technology. Epic won the contract to develop VA’s...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

by Kate Monica

In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two vendors will...

Leidos Awarded $29M VA Health IT Infrastructure Contract

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded Leidos a task order under the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract vehicle. Systems Made Simple, a Leidos Innovations Corporation company, could receive...

VA Hearing Confirms Plan to Adopt Commercial EHR Technology

by Kate Monica

On March 7, 2017 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) confirmed its decision to implement a commercial EHR system in place of previously unsuccessful attempts to construct a homegrown platform. During a House Committee on Veterans Affairs...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration (SSA), and The Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange have partnered to exchange electronic health information for veterans looking to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance...

Vets Call for VA EHR Optimization, Interoperability Advances

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs an overhaul of its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista) EHR — either in the form of EHR optimization or a commercial EHR replacement — to improve care quality for...

2017 Federal Health IT Spend Targeted for EHR Modernization

by Sara Heath

Federal health IT spending is on the rise, particularly in the realm of EHR modernization, says a recent report from Govini. A new Govini report details the health IT spending trends in the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department...

VA EHR Interoperability Still Lagging, Senate Hearing Finds

by Sara Heath

Despite recent advances in EHR interoperability, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still not far enough along in its EHR modernization efforts. In a Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing, Senate...

VA, NATE Join Forces for Health Information Exchange Efforts

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has joined the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), thus better facilitating health information exchange between patients and providers. According to a public statement, the agency will...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

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