The Department of Veterans Affairs has given $134 million to Cerner to continue distributing its electronic health record at VA medical sites. According to reporting from Fed Health IT and GovConWire, the contract was awarded under Cerner Electronic Health Record Modernization indefinite-quantity deal as part of an 18-month job to assist the agency with EHRM Wave G deployment.
According to VA spokespeople, A wave is a group of medical centers and facilities within a Veterans Integrated Services Network that will go live with the VA EHR system at roughly the same time. An agency spokesperson said, “The order of these groups is subject to change due to clinical and technical findings from the current state reviews, ongoing Veterans Health Administration readiness assessments, risk assessments, findings from initial operating capability sites and the need to address emergent COVID-19 cases.”
Since its initial rollout at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, in October, the VA’s EHR modernization effort has been hindered by delays. As a result, the government initiated a 12-week strategic assessment after receiving first concerns from personnel, patients, and elected officials. This summer’s challenges identified during congressional hearings included patient safety, productivity, governance and management, cost, schedule, performance, patient portal experience, data, change direction, and training.