VA will stick to Cerner for EHR modernization

The Division of Veterans Affairs introduced this week that it might be staying the course with its digital well being information modernization technique.  

Following a 90-day evaluate, VA Secretary Denis McDonough reaffirmed in a press convention Wednesday that the company would transfer ahead with Cerner’s Millennium information administration platform.  

“We’re going to stick to this expertise … [We] are able to proceed with that,” stated McDonough, as reported by FedScoop.  


Questions have lingered over the way forward for the VA’s EHR modernization initiative after an preliminary go-live on the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Heart in Spokane, Washington, was met with consternation and confusion.   

After studies of issues and with concern expressed by lawmakers, the company introduced that it might undertake a strategic evaluate of its modernization program, to not exceed 12 weeks’ length, and that it might not transfer ahead with a second go-live in Columbus, Ohio, till that evaluate was accomplished.  

On the press convention, McDonough stated that it might probably take two extra weeks to determine on any adjustments to this system, based mostly on the evaluate.  

Ultimately, the VA goals to have interoperability between Cerner’s cloud-based system and the Division of Protection’s Army Well being System GENESIS, additionally pursued in partnership with Cerner.  

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., issued an announcement after the press convention praising the choice to pause the venture.  

“Issues which were recognized at Mann-Grandstaff should be resolved earlier than the system is deployed at further VA websites,” stated McMorris Rodgers, who had referred to as for a evaluate of the EHR system this spring.  

“Transparency across the findings of the strategic evaluate and accountability throughout the VA shall be important for righting the ship, in addition to delivering Jap Washington veterans the care they deserve,” she continued.

Veterans Affairs Committee Rating Member Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, additionally launched an announcement urging the company to take steps to repair any points.

“I commend VA for pausing the Digital Well being Report Modernization program to resolve the intense issues present in Spokane. The Secretary made the proper name,” stated Bost.  

“Going ahead, VA should display to Congress and veterans that this evaluate was profitable and people issues are fastened. Adjusting the organizational chart isn’t sufficient. The digital well being report should enhance. We additionally anticipate transparency and reliability within the schedule and price estimate,” he stated.


The dimensions, scope and price of the VA’s EHR modernization venture have drawn scrutiny from watchdogs and regulators.

A Division of Veterans Affairs Workplace of Inspector Normal audit lately discovered that the Veterans Well being Administration underestimated the price of the venture to the tune of billions of {dollars}.  

It isn’t clear, at this level, how the review-related delays will have an effect on that price ticket.  

An extra OIG audit discovered that the VHA wants enchancment in the case of integrating non-VA medical information into veterans’ digital well being information.   


“Adjusting the organizational chart isn’t sufficient. The digital well being report should enhance,” stated Bost in his assertion. “We additionally anticipate transparency and reliability within the schedule and price estimate.   

“That is already a multibillion-dollar effort. We owe it to veterans and taxpayers to make sure that it’s a good and fruitful funding,” he added.

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT Information.

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