House of Representatives Passes VA EHR Modernization Oversight Bill

On Monday, May 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans' Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act (H.R.4245) by voice vote. The bill provides increased Congressional oversight over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program by requiring the VA to provide Congress with quarterly updates on the program. The bill also requires the VA to “notify Congress in the event of any significant cost increase, schedule delay, loss of veteran health data, or breach of privacy.” The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration. Senator Tester (D-MT) introduced a companion bill (S. 2603) of the same name last November.

As the VA moves forward with their EHR modernization efforts, HIMSS will continue to work with private and public stakeholders to ensure that veterans’ care is improved through the use of innovative health information and technology.