VA creates scorecard to assess digital transformation efforts

The Department of Veterans Affairs is almost ready to deploy its new metric scorecard, which measures the progress of the agency's digital transformation, according to a Jan. 15 FedScoop report.

The "balanced scorecard" will measure the success of VA's projects including its EHR transition to Cerner, medical logistics supply and financial management systems, according to VA CIO James Gfrerer. Mr. Gfrerer spoke about VA's digital transformation efforts at the AFCEA Bethesda Health IT Summit on Jan. 15 in Rockville, Md.

The new scorecard, which is about 75 percent to 80 percent complete, will help the VA assess its progress and institute intervention efforts more quickly if an initiative isn't performing as planned, Mr. Gfrerer said. The tool could make a large impact on the department's Cerner EHR implementation, which is scheduled to begin in March.

In addition to the balanced scorecard and its EHR modernization effort, VA is also working to move about half of its department's applications and systems to its enterprise cloud. By 2024, the department expects to transfer about 350 apps and systems total, according to the report.

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