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VA Cerner Implementation Contract Balloons to $16 Billion

March 21, 2018 - The price tag for the VA Cerner implementation contract has spiked by 60 percent, judging by testimony given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. In her opening statement, House Military Construction and VA Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) revealed the cost of VA’s EHR modernization project had increased $6...

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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...

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...

VA Proposed Rule to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent

by Kate Monica

A new VA proposed rule looks to streamline health data exchange of veteran EHRs by allowing health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The legislation would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so that...

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...

VA Spent Over $1.1B on Homegrown EHR Modernization Efforts

by Kate Monica

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed VA spent over $1.1 billion on 138 contracts to modernize its homegrown EHR system from 2011 to 2016. In the report detailing the tumultuous and costly history of VA’s...

Steward Health System Expands MEDITECH EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Steward Health Care System recently announced eight of its hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida will implement MEDITECH Web EHR by 2018. The health system has been a MEDITECH EHR user for 19 years. MEDITECH’s physician-designed...

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...

How to Select the Right EHR Replacement Vendor, System

by Kate Monica

With EHR adoption nearly ubiquitous across inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, many healthcare organizations are now in the position of considering EHR replacement. The decision to replace an existing EHR system is a serious one based...

WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

by Kate Monica

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network...

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...

Shulkin Details Planned 2018 VA EHR Modernization Activities

by Kate Monica

VA Secretary David Shulkin recently released a statement delving into the specifics of a VA budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and the department’s EHR modernization plans and other health IT investments. The FY 2018 budget submission...

VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

RI HIE Enables Bidirectional Health Data Exchange with VA

by Kate Monica

The Rhode Island Quality Institute and Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently announced the start of a new project designed to improve the quality and safety of care for Rhode Island veterans through improved information sharing. The Health...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

by Kate Monica

The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

VA Pours Resources into EHR, Health IT Modernization Efforts

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to modernize its health IT infrastructure as it prepares to select a new electronic health record system to replace its existing patient management tools.   Though VistA, VA’s...

VA Transfers Paper Records to EHRs in Modernization Effort

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began the process of digitizing health data from older inactive paper health records to streamline claims processes and reduce the amount of office space used to store physical patient health information....

Cerner Most Likely Vendor to Replace Homegrown VA EHR System

by Kate Monica

Cerner EHR is rumored to be the most likely candidate to replace the outdated homegrown VA EHR system presently serving the 1,200 healthcare sites of the Veterans Health Administration, according to a new Black Book report. After an expensive...



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