Dr. David Shulkin: VA to firm up EHR plan by July

Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't have a hard deadline in place for deciding the future of its EHR system, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he's "targeting" July, according to FedScoop.

Dr. Shulkin made this announcement March 21 at a Politico event in Washington, D.C. However, he stressed this timeframe only relates to when the VA will determine its "strategic direction;" that is, whether to move forward with its current homegrown VistA EHR platform or to replace it with a commercial offering.

"That is not the same as saying that if we do decide to move to a commercial system that we will decide which system to use or the process on how we're going to make that decision," Dr. Shulkin said, according to FedScoop. "This is a lengthy process. These are complex issues. We are not going to rush into things."

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