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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...


VA Expects Cerner Implementation Will Go More Smoothly Than DoD


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...

CT Hospital Patients Frustrated After Cerner EHR Implementation


Patients at Danbury Hospital have raised several complaints about scheduling problems, delays in care delivery, and difficulties obtaining medical services two weeks after Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) completed a Cerner EHR implementation....

VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Include 48 Deployment Waves


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...

Medsphere EHR Moves to Amazon to Cut EHR Implementation Costs


Medsphere has moved its CareVue EHR system offering to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ease the financial strain of EHR implementation for community hospitals by eliminating the need for local data centers. By making its EHR system more easily available...

Cerner MHS GENESIS EHR Implementation Yielding Improvements


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,...

Practice Fusion No Longer Offering Free EHR System Software


Practice Fusion is abandoning the business model that contributed to its popularity and will no longer offer free EHR software to physicians, according to a recent report by CNBC. The decision to charge physicians to use its EHR system software...

EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs


EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and Harvard...

Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation


Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO Rick...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations to Be Finalized in February


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...

Alabama Community Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation


After an EHR selection process spanning six months, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) will begin a Cerner implementation to improve patient EHR access and streamline care coordination for providers at the Alabama hospital.  PCMC will...

Cerner, athenahealth Report Success in Changing EHR Market


Cerner Corporation and athenahealth reported significant growth in the fourth financial quarter of 2017 after expanding their respective client bases in both the ambulatory and community hospital EHR markets. For its part, Cerner experienced...

Perry County Memorial Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation


Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Missouri will soon begin a Cerner implementation across all acute and ambulatory care sites. The integrated Cerner Millenium EHR will enable providers at the community hospital to access comprehensive...

Alameda Health System to Begin $200M Epic Implementation Project


The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees recently approved a $200 million Epic implementation project to improve care coordination for the 1,100 physicians part of the health system. The fully-integrated Epic EHR system will enable physicians...

DoD MHS Genesis EHR Implementation Proceeding on Schedule


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


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


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


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....

Green Mountain Care Board Approves $151.7M Epic Implementation


The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved a $151.7-million Epic implementation at four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network. The Epic implementation is an effort to enhance patient care delivery and care...

6 EHR Implementations, Go-Lives Slated for Completion in 2018


In 2017, several hospitals and health systems signed EHR implementation deals with large enterprise health IT companies — some clocking in at over $1 billion — as these healthcare organizations undergo EHR replacements. Whether their...



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