Shulkin: VA aiming for as seamless tech as possible

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said now is the time to move forward  with its  IT modernization efforts, according to Nextgov.

Dr. Shulkin spoke at a Politico panel Tuesday, where he offered his thoughts on the EHR overhaul project. According to Nextgov, Dr. Shulkin wants to create "as great an interoperability solution as is technologically possible."

"I'm not going to fall back on waiting for the perfect because you're always going to wait," he said according to Nextgov. "Most of the arguments in government are reasons to not take action and maintain the status quo, and that's what got us into this trouble in the first place."

The VA is finalizing its $10 billion contract with Cerner, which Dr. Shulkin chose to replace its legacy VistA systems this past summer. The move would put the VA on the same EHR as the Department of Defense for the first time ever.

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