FedScoop: Congress remains concerned about the future of VA health record interoperability

“As the Department of Veterans Affairs approaches the launch of its new electronic health record program, lawmakers continue to worry about the future rollout of the program and its interoperability with the Department of Defense’s health record modernization efforts.”

“Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee expressed concern Wednesday over the VA’s ability to meet its timeline for launching the modernized EHR at hospitals around the country and how well it will work with the military’s new system, as its deployment lags behind that of DOD’s Military Health System (MHS) GENESIS…”

“The VA plans to launch the initial instance of the EHR in late October at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. This go-live date has already been pushed back twice due to a lack of training and impacts of the ongoing pandemic.”

“After the first major launch in Washington, the VA plans to update the IT systems of dozens of centers over the next several years. Eventually, more than 100 centers will transition to the Cerner-based cloud platform.”

“While pleased to hear VA will start rolling out the platform, lawmakers didn’t like how out-of-sync VA’s timeline is with the DOD’s…” Read the full article here.

Source: Congress remains concerned about the future of VA health record interoperability – By Jackson Barnett, September 30, 2020. FedScoop.

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