The Department of Veterans Affairs was on track to roll out an initial set of electronic health record capabilities at its first site in Spokane, Washington, in July. But the coronavirus pandemic has paused those plans indefinitely.
Development challenges were behind the decision to delay the rollout of an initial set of electronic health record capabilities at the first site, the Department of Veterans Affairs told members of Congress.
Congress is worried a 10-year, $2.5 billion financial management business transformation initiative is getting lost in the shuffle at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as several other IT initiatives consume the agency’s time and resources.
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.”
IT at the Department of Veterans Affairs took center stage on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as the House Veterans Affairs Committee held two hearings in attempt to better understand the agency’s long list of challenges.
As Congress piles on new initiatives for the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement, the agency is struggling to keep up with the IT updates that those new or enhanced programs demand.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it may designate an independent arbitrator of sorts to oversee and manage joint decisions from VA and the Defense Department as the two agencies implement a new, commercial electronic health record (EHR).
Lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said they’re still looking for more answers about VA’s budget, staffing and leadership plans for its massive, 10-year electronic health record modernization effort.
New Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie addressed Congress for the first time since his confirmation about 60 days ago.
The president’s nominees for the Veterans Affairs Department’s chief information officer and accountability and whistleblower protection director promised they would spark a long-awaited culture change at the agency.