GovCIO: Veterans Affairs Postpones EHR Rollout

The Department of Veterans Affairs will delay its next major electronic health records system rollout to January 2023, citing a review of the Oracle-owned Cerner platform to ensure readiness for larger-scale deployment after a widespread, three-hour outage on April 6.

Confirming the review in an accompanying statement, VA EHR Program Executive Director Terry Adirim said, ‘U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to give Oracle Cerner a little more time to stabilize and ensure reliability of the new EHR system before moving to larger more complex facilities… After the deployment in Boise VAMC in July, our next major deployment will be January 2023 in Michigan.’…

Adirim said VA aims to take an enterprise-wide approach to health care delivery by consolidating EHR systems during an April 7 press call.

“We currently have 130 iterations of the legacy EHR,” he said April 7. “This new EHR is a single instance and therefore will allow VA … [to] provide opportunities to improve quality, patient safety and achieve efficiencies.”

Adirim’s recent appointment was part of a broader restructuring in VA EHR management, one designed to address concerns around timeline and overall efficiency. VA had previously halted the Cerner rollout altogether in July 2021, putting the project on hold through 2022 in order to review physical and IT infrastructure at major VA facilities… Read the full article here.

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