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Trump 2020 Budget Request Includes $1.6B for VA EHR Modernization

March 12, 2019 - The Trump Administration has requested $1.6 billion to fund the VA EHR modernization project in 2020. “The EHR is a high-priority initiative that would ensure a seamlessly integrated healthcare record between the Department of Defense and VA, by bringing all patient data into one common system,” wrote lawmakers in the budget request. VA signed a contract with Cerner to...


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VA Cerner EHR Implementation Will Launch Across Care Sites By 2028

by Kate Monica

VA is expected to go live with its Cerner EHR implementation across all care sites by 2028, according to Cerner Government Services President Travis Dalton. Dalton delivered this news and other updates about Cerner’s ongoing work...

VA Achieves Several Milestones in Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Over the past six months, VA has awarded Cerner three task orders, conducted a Current State Review of VA initial operating capability (IOC) care sites, and established 18 EHR councils to support the development of national standardized...

DoD Leveraging MHS GENESIS EHR System to Reduce Duplicate Testing

by Kate Monica

Four Department of Defense (DoD) care sites are achieving some improvements in clinical efficiency since going live with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Cerner Government Services President Travis Dalton. Patients visiting the...

VA, DoD Commit to Enabling EHR Interoperability Between Agencies

by Kate Monica

Defense Secretary James Mattis and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie recently signed a joint statement to confirm their commitment to enabling EHR interoperability and aligning plans, strategies, and structures as their respective Cerner EHR...

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

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...

OEHRM Clinical Councils to Create National VA EHR Clinical Workflows

by Kate Monica

The Office of Electronic Record Modernization (OEHRM) is taking steps to optimize clinical efficiency, health IT standardization, and deployment processes as the agency prepares to move forward with its $10 billion Cerner EHR...

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection

by Kate Monica

Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In...

VA Epic Scheduling System Implementation May Be Under Budget

by Kate Monica

The VA Epic scheduling system implementation will likely be completed in two years and cost less than $350 million, Leidos Vice President for Veterans Health Will Johnson told Wisconsin State Journal. Leidos is partnering with Epic on the...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Deemed Ineffective, Unsuitable

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) MHS GENESIS EHR system implementations at Initial Operating Capability (IOC) care sites across the Pacific Northwest are not operationally effective or suitable, according to a newly-released...

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