Nextgov: VA’s Electronic Health Records System Won’t Make Its First Go-Live Deadline

“The Veterans Affairs Department’s move to adopt a commercial electronic health records system has hit its first major roadblock: deploying in the real world.”

“The Cerner Millennial system—chosen in 2018 to ensure interoperability with the Defense Department’s MHS Genesis system, of which Cerner is a component—was meant to go live at its first installation in March at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. However, on Monday, VA leadership said that deployment will be delayed, including end-user training that was set to commence this week.”

“A VA spokesperson told Nextgov the system is ’75-80% complete’ but not ready for a full deployment.”

“’After rigorous testing of our new EHR, the department will need more time to complete the system build and ensure clinicians and other users are properly trained on it,’ they said Tuesday. VA leadership is ‘proceeding deliberately and thoughtfully to adhere to the project’s ten-year timeline, which calls for a rolling implementation schedule through 2027,’ they added.”

“The VA spokesperson told Nextgov a revised go-live schedule will be issued in the coming weeks. Staffers for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs said VA has indicated the new timeline will push training and deployment out by weeks, but not months…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA’s Electronic Health Records System Won’t Make Its First Go-Live Deadline – By Aaron Boyd, February 11, 2020. Nextgov.

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