On Thursday, May 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the completion of a contract with Cerner Corporation to modernize the VA’s health care IT system with new electronic health record (EHR) technology and help provide seamless care to Veterans as they transition from military service to Veteran status, and when they choose to use community care. The announcement was made by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, who was formally nominated by President Donald J. Trump as VA Secretary last Friday.
The VA-Cerner contract has a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years, and the significance cannot be understated to the entire healthcare system, as well as to the implementation of Cerner’s EHR at the Department of Defense. VA and DoD sharing the same EHR platform is expected to allow the near seamless exchange of information between the two departments. VA is hoping that health information will be much easier to share, and health care will be much easier to coordinate and deliver, as well as faster and safer. The Department will add capabilities to the system as necessary to meet the special needs of Veterans, VA clinicians, and its community-care partners.
VA and DoD are collaborating closely to ensure lessons learned at DoD sites will be implemented in future deployments at DoD as well as VA.