Health Data Management: VA requests $2.6B in FY 2021 for Cerner EHR system

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking $2.6 billion in its Fiscal Year 2021 Budget—$1.2 billion more than in FY 2020—to continue implementation of its Cerner electronic health record system.”

“VA medical centers in the Pacific Northwest have been selected as the initial sites to deploy the new EHR system starting in March. Specifically, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20, in the Pacific Northwest, was selected to deploy and test the new system…”

“‘In addition to funding continued EHR deployment to further sites, the FY 2021 request will accelerate nationwide deployment of the Centralized Scheduling Solution,’ according to the VA…”

“According to the VA, it will take a decade to fully implement its new Cerner system, and the program will continue to evolve as technological advances are made. The VA’s approach to the acquisition is to deploy the EHR at initial operating capability (IOC) sites to identify challenges and then correct them…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA requests $2.6B in FY 2021 for Cerner EHR system – By Greg Slabodkin, February 10, 2020. Health Data Management.

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