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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...

Congress Seeks Improved Oversight of VA Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Four House Representatives have introduced legislation to increase Congress’s oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), Subcommittee...

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...

Cerner Advisory Group to Assist with VA EHR Implementation

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...

Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

DoD Cerner, NYCHH Epic Implementations Achieve Milestones

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor in Washington State completed its Cerner implementation of the Military Health System’s GENESIS EHR technology over the weekend, the Kansas City-based EHR company announced on Monday. The DoD MHS site providing...

Senators Request Timeline for VA Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, three senators submitted a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin and Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary James Mattis requesting further information on the VA EHR replacement, including a projected...

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 Confirms Decision for Commercial EHR Replacement of VistA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is following in the footsteps of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Health System (MHS) in adopting a commercial EHR technology that is nearly identical to the latter's Cerner platform....

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...

Shulkin Unanimously Confirmed as VA Secretary in Monday Vote

by Kate Monica

David Shulkin, MD, will remain in the top post at the Department of Veterans Affairs following a confirmation vote by the Senate late Monday evening. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee (100-0) who...

First DoD Site Completes Go-Live of New GENESIS EHR System

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense successfully completed the first installation of the GENESIS EHR system at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington, Adam Mazmanian of FCW reported earlier this week. Defense Healthcare Management Systems Stacy Cummings...

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