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MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

September 19, 2018 - MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to create apps that boost interoperability within Expanse EHR. The app development environment — MEDITECH Greenfield — offers a way for health...


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Joint DoD, VA EHR Modernization Governance Bodies to Launch 2019

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) and VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) is helping to establish joint DoD and VA EHR modernization governance bodies in an effort to facilitate collaborative decision-making and improve interagency...

Open Source EHR Alliance to Launch International VistA System

by Kate Monica

The Open Source EHR Alliance (OSEHRA) is creating a new version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR system designed for international implementation. VA established OSEHRA in 2010. VistA...

IN Rep Demands Transparency on VA EHR Modernization Leadership

by Kate Monica

House Subcommittee on Technology Modernization and Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve transparency into VA EHR modernization project leadership in a recent letter. Banks also requested that Wilkie...

Trump Nominates James Gfrerer as VA CIO, Assistant IT Secretary

by Kate Monica

President Trump has nominated James Paul Gfrerer to spearhead the IT department at VA, according to a public statement from the White House. The former marine and executive director at Ernst & Young — a cybersecurity practice...

DoD Will Raise MHS GENESIS EHR Implementation Contract by $1.1B

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) will raise the ceiling of its MHS GENESIS EHR implementation contract by about $1.1 billion to accommodate adding the Coast Guard to the project, according to a Justification and Approval posted to the...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

In an 86 to 9 vote on Monday night, the Senate confirmed former Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary Robert Wilkie as the new VA secretary, according to CNN. “I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as...

Wilkie Stresses New EHR System Need in VA Secretary Hearing

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a new EHR system is the first step to modernizing the VA appointment system, and is an area that will be a top priority, VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie said in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Improving access to care...

House to Form VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight Panel

by Kate Monica

House representatives recently announced plans to form an oversight panel to ensure the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR implementation goes smoothly, according to the Military Times. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN)...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s...

Peter O’Rourke to Replace Robert Wilkie as Acting VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

The White House recently announced Peter O’Rourke will serve as the new acting VA secretary in place of recent VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie, who will return to his post as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness...

Senate Passes VA Mission Act to Improve Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 — which includes policies meant to improve health data exchange between VA and the private sector — recently gained congressional...

House Passes Bill on VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight

by Elizabeth Snell

Congress will potentially have greater oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation, as the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (HR 4245) continues to move through the legislative...

Cerner Head Talks “Negative Information” on VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been a lot of “negative information” out in the news recently concerning the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR contract, but the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA both understand the value of Cerner’s work, company...

Trump Officially Nominates Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

President Trump recently announced Robert Wilkie will be the next VA secretary nominee in the running to replace former VA Secretary David Shulkin and spearhead the agency during its Cerner EHR implementation, according to CNN. Wilkie is...

VA Signs $10B Cerner EHR Implementation Contract

by Kate Monica

VA has signed a $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation contract to replace its homegrown legacy VistA system after months of ongoing negotiations. “I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will...

Congress: “Malign Neglect” Impedes VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Kate Monica

Members of Congress issued a letter to VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman stating their disapproval for the way VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations have been carried out and expressing concern over the appointment of Acting VA CIO Camilo...

VA Will Make Final Cerner EHR Contract Decision by Memorial Day

by Kate Monica

Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will make a decision about VA’s Cerner EHR contract by Memorial Day, VA CFO and Assistant Secretary for Management John Rychalski told the VA subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs,...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

by Kate Monica

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to...

Potential VA Secretary Nom May Finish Cerner EHR Contract Talks

by Kate Monica

National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians and Dentists (NAVAPD) President Samuel Spagnalo, MD, may be in the running to serve as the new VA secretary and carry Cerner EHR contract negotiations across the finish line, according to...

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