Bipartisan legislation introduced by two members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs would establish a third party oversight group to monitor the VA’s beleaguered $16 billion EHR rollout. The 11-member EHR Advisory Committee would include medical professionals, IT and interoperability specialists and veterans receiving care from the VA, and would operate as an independent entity…”
The efforts signal mistrust by lawmakers and other watchdogs over the agency, which has been dogged by controversy for several years over its EHR contracting.
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie assured lawmakers in September that the agency is “committed to a timeline that makes sense” and “working with DOD to understand the challenges and obstacles” they faced during their implementation. The initiative was already a year behind schedule by the time Cerner signed the no-bid $10 billion contract, and it’s only gotten bigger and messier since…” Read the full article here.
Source: VA snafus prompt bipartisan call for more EHR oversight – By Tony Abraham, April 18, 2019. Healthcare Dive.