Tag Archives: EHR

Denis McDonough Testifies Before House Panel on VA’s EHR Modernization Effort

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said he believes VA could meet its timeline for the implementation of its new electronic health record system amid setbacks with the EHR at its first go-live site in Spokane, Washington. He also agreed with lawmakers that clinicians at the Veterans Health Administration should play a key role in developing the requirements for the EHR platform.

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VA Secretary Denis McDonough Announces Review of EHR Modernization Program

Denis McDonough

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough announced a review of the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) modernization in a move welcomed by lawmakers. The review follows in the wake of a call from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the VA to stop the system roll-out to fix critical issues. 

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GAO: VA Should Address Existing Test Findings Prior to EHR System Deployment in New Locations

Electronic Health Record

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress implementing its electronic health record (EHR) system by performing end-user training, creating system interfaces and capabilities and making system configuration decisions, among other efforts. On Oct. 24, VA fielded its EHR platform in Spokane, Washington, with zero critical severity test findings. 

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Pentagon’s Testing Office Offers Recommendations to Facilitate MHS Genesis EHR System Deployment

Electronic Health Record

A report from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) office of the Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) recommends that the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with sufficient resources to support continued training, content development and other assistance during the deployment and sustainment of the MHS Genesis electronic health records system.

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VA Officials Share Insights on Initial Cerner EHR System Deployment; Pamela Powers, Dominic Cussatt Quoted

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented Cerner’s electronic health record system at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, in October 2020 and VA officials said the initial go-live went smoothly. VA employees in Spokane used Cerner’s Millennium EHR platform to place more than 23,000 orders for admissions, medications and clinical tests during the first five days of deployment. 

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VA Migrates Data for Upcoming EHR Implementation; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finished data-related preparations needed for the new VA health record's upcoming implementation in the Pacific Northwest region. The migration allows health care practioners to visualize information via the EHR modernization system at the Washington-based Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. 

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VA Eyes October Rollout for Modernized EHR System

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to continue testing and training for the updated electronic health records (EHR) system ahead of its scheduled launch date at the end of the month. The VA intends to roll out the Cerner-developed EHR system at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center by Oct. 24th as part of the capability set 1.1 increment. 

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House Panel Proposes Stopgap Bill to Fund Government Through Dec. 11th; Nita Lowey Quoted

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The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a continuing resolution that would fund government operations through Dec. 11th in order to prevent a government shutdown once the new fiscal year begins in October. The bill would appropriate funds for the U.S. Navy to award a contract to facilitate the procurement of two Columbia-class submarines. 

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VA Updates Electronic Health Record Modernization Schedule Amid Pandemic; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made changes to its electronic health record implementation schedule due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System will receive a new patient-scheduling system this month, and Washington-based Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center will undergo EHR implementation in October.

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