Dr. David Shulkin has either made a dramatic and long-overdue change, or he’s stomped on a hornet’s nest and unleashed furies that’ll eat him alive.
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.
The Veterans Affairs Department indicated more key announcements are coming soon about the next steps for its major electronic health record project.
The Veterans Affairs Department has a few more details about its 10-year contract with Cerner Corporation with a new, interoperable electronic health record with the Defense Department.
The first users of DoD’s new electronic health record call the system “life-changing,” but several years remain before it’s deployed worldwide.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday he would reimburse the U.S. Treasury for his wife’s travel expenses and instead wanted to turn attention back to veterans issues. VA is requesting a $12 billion budget increase for 2019.
Defense officials acknowledge early challenges in EHR deployment, but have no plans to delay further implementation
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he regretted the distractions that recent reports have created.
The Coast Guard joins VA in agreeing to adopt the commercial EHR DoD has already selected, but implementation details remain unclear.
The departure of Scott Blackburn as acting chief information officer creates another gaping hole among top leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department.