MeriTalk: House Reps. Want Transparency on VA EHR Delay

“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) electronic health record (EHR) modernization launch in Spokane, Washington was indefinitely delayed on Feb. 10, leaving members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization concerned about agency transparency.”

“’There are many questions that remain and the subcommittee needs answers in order to continue its oversight of the $16 billion project, especially as the President’s Budget proposes a speed up of the roll out. Therefore, the subcommittee will be scheduling a hearing on this topic in the coming weeks,’ Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairwoman Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., said at a Feb. 12 hearing.”

“In its announcement of the EHR go-live delay, VA explained that EHR modernization was only 75 to 80 percent complete and it needs more time to finish building the system and training clinicians…”

“House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., added, ‘Here’s the thing, I was told last week by [VA] Secretary Wilkie that everything was on track with the electronic health record modernization roll out. Yet on Monday, I’m told that the go-live was going to be postponed with no definitive timeline about how long it will be delayed … I want to know when this became apparent because last week the secretary himself said this was all moving forward and didn’t anticipate any issues…’” Read the full article here.

Source: House Reps. Want Transparency on VA EHR Delay – February 12, 2020. MeriTalk.

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