FedScoop: Configuration upgrades another priority of VA’s electronic health record modernization

Electronic health record system configuration, routine upgrades and streamlined workflows for clinicians are critical to the Department of Veterans Affairs modernization effort’s success, according to the agency’s under secretary for health.

Speaking at Wednesday’s press conference, Dr. Shereef Elnahal said he witnessed increased stress among clinicians, during a visit to the Columbus VA Medical Center in Ohio, arising from the current configuration of the electronic health record (EHR) system…

Productivity and revenues are “expected” to temporarily decrease where the EHR system is deployed, but there’s been “some evidence” of restoration at particular facilities that is being monitored with VA’s financial allocation system, Elnahal said.

Elnahal said addressing patient safety issues already identified by the IG, patient safety teams in the Veterans Health Administration and EHR program office trumps VA’s secondary focus on improving the EHR system’s configuration… Read the full article here.

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