“… The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying its multibillion-dollar EHR project, Wilkie confirmed in a letter Friday. Congressional staffers had been expecting the change, which Wilkie attributed to reallocating staff to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“While the announcement is the second delay in recent months — with the first coming in February, when the department postponed testing of the new Cerner system due to unspecified concerns from users in Spokane, Wash. — Wilkie says the project is nevertheless progressing. He cites 72 of 73 interfaces being completed, and says a joint HIE with the Department of Defense will come online this month. Wilkie doesn’t give an overall schedule for the project.”
“Cerner is actively working with VA to reassess and revise deployment timelines,” Cerner said in a statement, saying that it supported the department’s decision.,,”
Source: VA officially pauses EHR project – By Darius Tahir, April 6, 2020. POLITICO.
G2X TAKE: While the news was expected in light of the VA’s focus on the current Healthcare crisis, the many contractors that support VA and Cerner are certain to be asking a lot of questions as there is clearly a downstream impact for those who had been actively driving this high-profile multi-billion dollar initiative.
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