FIERCE Healthcare: Oracle vows to get VA’s $16B EHR overhaul ‘back on track’ as lawmakers warn project could be scrapped

Testifying before a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization last week, Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle Industries, took the first steps to assuage lawmakers’ mounting concerns about the project and assure them that the database giant has the tech muscle necessary to right the ship.

“The VA [electronic health record modernization] rollout is clearly behind schedule, below expectations, and on the same course as so many other programs that go over budget.  But let me also say that with Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner we believe we can get back on track, exceed expectations and keep our costs in line,” he said…

Oracle plans to move the Cerner application to a cloud data center within the next six to nine months, which will deliver better performance and stability for the end-user, Sicilia told lawmakers.

Oracle will move the EHR to the cloud data center at no cost to the Coast Guard, DoD or the VA, he said.

“Candidly we anticipate this change alone will be the single most important change we make in terms of system reliability.  It will also provide a scalable, modern platform for us to deliver the kind of future releases users have come to expect like mobility and predictive analytics,” he told lawmakers… Read the full article here.

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