VA signs $10B EHR Modernization contract with Cerner

” After nearly a year of negotiations with Cerner, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday finally awarded the vendor a $10 billion electronic health record modernization contract to replace the VA’s decades-old legacy EHR system.”

“I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize the VA’s healthcare IT system and help provide seamless care to veterans as they transition from military service to veteran status, and when they choose to use community care,” said Robert Wilkie, the VA acting secretary. “This is one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government, with a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years. And with a contract of that size, you can understand why former… ” Read the full article here. 

Source:  VA finally pulls trigger and awards Cerner $10B EHR contract – By Greg Slabodki, May 17, 2018. HealthData Management.

G2X TAKE: No Secretary. No CIO. No problem. Late yesterday the VA and Cerner announced that the long-awaited EHRM contract has been officially signed, with VA understood to have received approximately $800 million in funding for FY 2018 to begin the contract. Celebrations are certain to have been held in both DC and Kansas City, though we suspect both groups are bracing for a potential protest now that the award is official. 

Any challenge put forth is only likely to be a temporary roadblock as VA and Cerner have had months to prepare and can lean on experience gained weathering prior protest challenges

VA EHRM will be one of the most heavily scrutinized and watched programs ever, anywhere. The hard work begins now. 

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