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

May 30, 2018 - 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 for the Department of Defense (DoD) while the nomination process is underway. President Trump announced Robert Wilkie’s nomination for VA secretary...


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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 approval....

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 president...

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 modernize...

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 Sandoval....

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 Initial...

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 DisabledVeterans.org....

Cerner Revenue Down After Delays in VA EHR Contract Negotiations

by Kate Monica

Revenue at Cerner fell below expectations in part due to uncertainty surrounding when VA EHR contract negotiations will finally close, Cerner executives told investors during an earnings call about the first financial quarter of 2018. Cerner...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Has 6K Unresolved Trouble Tickets

by Kate Monica

DoD has so far resolved about 1,000 of a total of 7,000 trouble tickets submitted by clinicians to report problems with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Defense Healthcare Management Systems Program Executive Director Stacy Cummings....

VA Cerner EHR Contract Will Advance Despite Leadership Changes

by Kate Monica

VA will continue working to finalize the Cerner EHR contract despite former VA CIO Scott Blackburn and former VA Secretary David Shulkin’s sudden departure from the federal department, Blackburn stated at a recent Government Information...

DoD Providers Prefer MHS GENESIS EHR System Over Legacy System

by Kate Monica

Some healthcare providers at Department of Defense (DoD) care sites already prefer the MHS GENESIS EHR system to the federal department’s legacy AHLTA system, according to Pensacola News Journal. Naval Hospital Oak Harbor family physician...

VA, DoD EHR Modernization to Drive Federal Health IT Growth

by Kate Monica

Over the next five years, growth in federal health IT will primarily be driven by investments at VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) for EHR modernization efforts, according to the Federal Market Analysis team at GovWin from Deltek.  ...

Coast Guard to Join DoD MHS GENESIS Contract, Implement Cerner EHR

by Kate Monica

The Coast Guard recently announced it will adopt the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) MHS GENESIS EHR system by joining the federal agency’s existing $4.3 billion contract with Leidos and Cerner EHR. This announcement follows...

Department of State Issues RFI for New EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The US Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Medical Services (MED) recently issued a request for information (RFI) to identify potential health IT companies capable of meeting the department’s needs for a new EHR implementation. MED is responsible...

Trump Administration Ousts VA Secretary David Shulkin

by Kate Monica

President Trump has fired VA Secretary David Shulkin following accusations from the federal agency’s Inspector General that Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Shulkin had also been under fire after reports...

VA Expects Cerner Implementation Will Go More Smoothly Than DoD

by Kate Monica

VA anticipates the Cerner implementation will be less troublesome than the Department of Defense’s (DoD) MHS GENESIS implementation, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee...

VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Include 48 Deployment Waves

by Kate Monica

The VA Cerner EHR implementation will include 48 deployment waves as well as an initial operating capability (IOC) deployment, according to an investment community meeting presentation by Cerner executives at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas. VA’s...

Cerner MHS GENESIS EHR Implementation Yielding Improvements

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Cerner MHS GENESIS EHR implementation has led to increases in clinical efficiency and reductions in duplicative testing at cares sites part of the initial operating capability (IOC) program,...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations to Be Finalized in February

by Kate Monica

After months of delay, VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations are expected to be finalized by the end of February, according to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) John Short in a recent budget call with reporters. In October 2017, VA Secretary David...

Coast Guard May Implement Cerner EHR System Mirroring DoD, VA

by Kate Monica

The Coast Guard should seriously consider implementing a Cerner EHR system to mirror that of the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA, according to testimony from GAO Director of Information Technology Management Issues David Powner at a recent...

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