VA CIO still has concerns about Oracle Health rollout

The Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Kurt DelBene said in a hearing that the agency still thinks "there's a way to go" with the Oracle installation process, FedScoop reported Nov. 15.

The troubled EHR installation, which the VA originally launched in 2018, is set to start back up in the summer of 2024. The rollout, which has led to delays and outages at VA hospitals, has been criticized by some lawmakers. In March, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Mike Bost, R-Ill. said that the program could face termination.

With work slated to resume on the rollout, Mr. DelBene said in August that he was "cautiously optimistic" about the EHR installation. 

"There are places we have significant concerns that we're working with Oracle on: the incident-free time, not hitting standards is important, the end user responsiveness we think still has a ways to go, we think there are still functional workflow issues that still have to be resolved," Mr. DelBene said in the hearing.

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