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VA Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations to Be Finalized in February

February 13, 2018 - 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 Shulkin announced the federal agency would award its EHR implementation contract to Cerner in November. However, contract negotiations were put off in...


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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...

DoD MHS Genesis EHR Implementation Proceeding on Schedule

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) is still on schedule with its MHS Genesis EHR system rollout, officials told FCW. The $4.3-billion Cerner EHR system has received a significant amount of complaints from users related to problems with clinician...

VA Stalls Cerner EHR Contract for Interoperability Assessment

by Kate Monica

VA has put Cerner EHR contract negotiations on hold to conduct an independent interoperability assessment, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin at a Senate committee hearing earlier this week.  The federal agency announced...

VA Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

VA has started upgrading IT infrastructure at each of its care sites in preparation for the Cerner implementation expected to begin as soon as contract negotiations are finalized, Federal News Radio reported. The federal agency will collaborate...

Investigators Deem Canadian Cerner Implementation Poorly Executed

by Kate Monica

The British Columbia Ministry of Health recently concluded its second review of Island Health’s EHR system IHealth and determined the Cerner implementation was poorly executed and training was insufficient to support the system launch....

McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a $400 million contract to McKesson Technologies for a digital imaging network picture archiving and communications health IT system. McKesson will likely supply and maintain the system —...

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

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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