Lawmaker doubts VA EHR Price tag – number could be upwards of $20 billion

“The Department of Veterans Affairs says its 10-year electronic health record replacement project will cost $16 billion — $10 billion in a contract with Cerner and $6 billion in associated infrastructure upgrades and management costs. But that number could wind up much higher – upwards of $20 billion. Recently a lawmaker with oversight of the project went public with his doubts of the VA’s price tag.

“The 10-year cost estimate no longer withstands scrutiny,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said at a hearing last week. “I have expressed skepticism before about the numbers VA puts forward, but this cost estimate has become downright implausible.” See the full post here.

Source: FCW Insider, October 7, 2020. FCW.

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