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John Windom Offers Updates on VA’s EHR System Implementation at House Panel Hearing

John Windom, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ office of electronic health record modernization, has said VA has created 18 workflow councils and completed state reviews of the first implementation sites since it initiated the adoption of a new EHR system, Healthcare Informatics reported Wednesday.

Windom appeared Wednesday before the House Veterans Affairs Committee's technology modernization subpanel to provide updates on VA’s implementation of a Cerner-built EHR platform.

He told lawmakers that those councils are composed of health professionals who provide feedback to help streamline the configuration of standardized operational and clinical workflows for the department’s EHR system.

Windom noted that VA has already addressed the technology aspect to facilitate interoperability and data sharing through health information exchanges such as Carequality and Commonwell.

“But, there is also another piece, the information has to be put in, and so that information has to be made accessible by the people on those networks; we’ve got the technology piece solved,” he added.

Laura Kroupa, acting chief medical officer at VA’s OEHRM, and Travis Dalton, president of government services at Cerner, also testified before the House subcommittee.

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