FCW: VA looks to boost health record spend to modernize infrastructure

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is pitching Congress on a massive spending increase on its electronic health record project even as the first “go-live” date looks to be delayed by at least a month…”

“The Cerner software was set to go live on the March 28 at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., but VA Secretary Robert Wilkie informed key members of Congress that the launch would be delayed after conducting a “deep dive” review of the project in the wake of the dismissal of James Byrne, until recently VA’s deputy secretary and the official in charge of the health record project…”

“The increased budget for next year doesn’t necessarily mean the price tag for the entire project will go up. VA is proposing to speed up the tempo of rollouts of the electronic health record software, and it is also pursuing the installation of Cerner scheduling software — not initially planned as part of the health record acquisition — to all medical facilities by the end of calendar year 2024…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA looks to boost health record spend to modernize infrastructure – By Adam Mazmanian, February 12, 2020. FCW.

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