VA Commission: We’re serious, dump VistA

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VA Commission: We’re serious, dump VistA – September 8, 2016, By Darius Tahir, Politico

Yet more eminent figures feel VA should dump its homegrown EHR system in favor of something sleeker, something higher-powered — something commercial. Wednesday brought yet another iteration of the game, with the leaders of the VA’s advisory commission informing the House Veterans Affairs Committee that it’s time to replace VistA with a commercial product.

The chair and co-chair of the commission — Henry Ford Health Systems CEO Nancy Schlichting and Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, respectively — said the VA should stop its modernization of VistA now and buy a commercial off-the-shelf system, like sister agency DoD did a year ago when it began a Cerner implementation (which was delayed last week for at least a few months). The move to a commercial EHR is part of the Veterans Health Administration’s strategy, but a formal decision is still pending and the current EHR modernization plan runs through fiscal year 2018, said VA spokesman Tim Cox…

G2X TAKE: While we remain skeptical of anything major happening soon with a new administration on the near horizon, this piece by POLITICO highlights the continued stance by the VA Advisory Commission that VistA needs to be jettisoned. What we do know is that the current VA IT leadership, the Commission, and Congress are all seemingly aligned, which itself is a monumental occasion.


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