6 updates on the VA, Cerner EHR rollout

Jackie Drees -

Department of Veterans Affairs and Cerner are on track for the anticipated March 2020 go-live of the department's new EHR system.

Here are six recent developments on the project, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

Aug. 13. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department is "on track" for its 10-year Cerner EHR rollout, with plans to implement the new system at three VA medical centers in Washington by April 2020.

Aug. 27. The VA's March 2020 Cerner EHR rollout is reportedly expected to be partially or fully delayed. The go-live, which is planned for three VA medical centers in Washington, will be split into two blocks, with the first launch in March and April and the second deployment in October.

Sept. 17. VA unveiled a new training program in support of its EHR modernization effort and Cerner system implementation. The VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab aims to help clinicians and staff to use the agency's new $16 billion EHR system to enhance implementation.

Sept. 27. VA confirms that the EHR go lives in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., will be delayed until October 2020. However, the launch at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., remains scheduled for March 2020.

Sept. 27. VA also announces a two-year delay on the rollout of its Cerner-developed appointment scheduling tool, which was initially scheduled to deploy across all VA medical facilities by 2023. The new anticipated launch date is planned for 2025.

Oct. 2. VA introduces an opt-out protocol for sharing veterans' health records with non-VA providers.

To read more about previous developments on the VA, Cerner EHR rollout, click here

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