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VA has laid out some comprehensive expectations for Cerner that emphasize change management and interoperability as part of the EHR initiative.

“Documents released by the VA last week outlined some specific requirements for Cerner…”

“Unsurprisingly, interoperability and data exchange make up a significant part of the VA’s focus. A performance work statement (PWS) finalized by VA officials in October states that the EHR system will “become the authoritative source of clinical data” for the 168-hospital system to support “improved population health, patient safety, and quality of care provided by VA.” … “the agency clearly expects Cerner to improve information exchange with community health providers.”

“The PWS features specific requirements for Cerner, including an interoperability plan delivered to the VA each year. At minimum, Cerner’s solution must be able to…”

“Allow the VA to release and consume a veteran’s “complete longitudinal health record” with DOD and community partners…Share interactive care plans…Share URL-based images with community and academic partners’ systems…Connect with interoperable networks like eHealth Exchange, CareQuality, CommonWellHealth Alliance…”

“Within two years of awarding the contract, the VA also expects Cerner to…Connect with the DOD and community providers to provide a referral management solution…Identify and manage veterans at a high risk for suicide.”

Source: VA’s expectations for Cerner: A ‘digital veteran’s platform,’ change management and seamless interoperability – By Evan Sweeney, December 18, 2017. FierceHealthcare. Read the full article here.

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