VA Secretary Announces Decision on EHR

During a June 5 news briefing, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, MD, announced his decision for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to adopt the same electronic health record (EHR) as the Department of Defense (DoD), known as MHS GENESIS, which at its core, consists of Cerner Millennium.

Secretary Shulkin stated that because of the urgency and the critical nature of this decision, he felt that it was within the public interest exception to circumvent the requirement for a full and open competition in technology acquisition.  With this determination, he signed what is known as a “Determination and Findings,” or D&F.  The D&F notes the public interest exception to the requirement for full and open competition, and determines that the VA may issue a solicitation directly to Cerner Corporation for the acquisition of the EHR system currently being deployed by DoD, for deployment and transition across the VA enterprise in a manner that meets VA needs, and which will enable seamless healthcare to veterans and qualified beneficiaries.

VA plans to spend three to six months planning its Cerner implementation.