Lawmakers are concerned the Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t do its due diligence in making the decision to adopt a new scheduling system from Cerner, the same contractor both the VA and Pentagon are using to overhaul their electronic health records.
GAO said VA doesn’t have a comprehensive definition of its current VistA system, or how much it’s spending to keep it up and running.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a bill in the House would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision which currently cuts Social Security benefits for federal retirees who worked in a private sector job and also receive a government pension.
Veterans Affairs says it will spend nearly $5 billion over next 10 years to maintain legacy electronic health record while implementing a separate, multi-billion-dollar system at facilities.
Bill James and Drew Myklegard from the Department of Veterans Affairs said they’ve created essentially a “wall outlet” for third-party applications.
Ed Meagher, a retired Department of Veterans Affairs chief technology office and deputy chief information officer, explained why VA is repeating mistakes of the past modernization projects.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it will begin deployment of a new electronic health record at three sites in the Pacific Northwest in October, and the system will be implemented at those sites by March 2020.
Commentator Edward Francis Meagher predicts a debacle will occur over the VA’s contract to Cerner for a replacement electronic health record for its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture.
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie described the development as one of the biggest IT contracts in federal government.
The Veterans Affairs Department faces many challenges with its decision to abandon the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and adopt a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record. But with a high dollar amount and big stakes comes as even larger culture change, federal IT experts said.