The decision to delay the initial rollout of new electronic health record capabilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs will get a closer look from Congress this week, as the inspectors general at both VA and the Defense Department announced the start of a rare, joint audit of the agencies’ EHR modernization efforts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs set of deadline of March, 28, 2020 to deploy a first “block” of Cerner electronic health record capabilities at its first “go-live” site in Spokane, Washington. VA said it’s confident it’ll have a smooth roll-out, and Congress said it’s “cautiously optimistic.”
Lawmakers say they fear cybersecurity mitigation efforts are taking a backseat to the mounting pile of IT modernization initiatives ongoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is confident it’s ready to implement a major piece of the VA MISSION Act by the June 6 deadline. But another part of the new law isn’t close to being ready, and there’s a familiar culprit behind the delays.
A nomination hearing for chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department comes as half of senior leadership positions within the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Office are empty.
New House Veterans Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) offered a preview of his oversight plans for VA’s electronic health record initiative.