“GAO was requested to review VA’s prior and current efforts to modernize VistA. This review determined (1) VA’s efforts to modernize VistA, including key contractors, contract costs, and expected contractor activities and (2) VA’s current plans for modernizing VistA and the progress that has been achieved to date…”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has, since 2001, pursued four separate initiatives to modernize its health information system—the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). These efforts—HealtheVet, the integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR), VistA Evolution, and the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM)—reflect varying approaches that the department has considered to achieve a modernized health system over the course of nearly two decades…This latest effort, the EHRM program, is to include the adoption of the same commercial electronic health record system that the Department of Defense is in the process of acquiring…”

“GAO has made recommendations to VA aimed at improving its prior modernization efforts…”

Source: VA Health IT Modernization: Historical Perspective on Prior Contracts and Update on Plans for New Initiative, January 18, 2018. Read the full report here.

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