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VA, EHR implementation facing patient data, access concerns, audit finds

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The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs continue to face challenges in their multibillion-dollar electronic health record implementation, according to news reports and a federal audit published last week.

The goal of the effort, launched seven years ago, is to get the VA, the DOD and the Coast Guard on the same EHR and improve data flow between their medical facilities and external providers. The implementation, however, hasn’t been able to consistently integrate patient information into the new Cerner system, the joint VA and DOD audit found.

In addition, the Cerner EHR system at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, has gone down more than 50 times since the VA implemented it in 2020, according to recent reporting from The Spokesman-Review .

Dive Insight:

The purpose of the joint VA and DOD audit was to see how well implementing the common EHR is helping data exchange between the departments and healthcare providers. The DOD and VA acquired Cerner’s EHR in 2015 and 2018, respectively, and as of the end of 2021, Cerner’s software had been deployed at 49 DOD healthcare facilities and one VA facility.But the Cerner implementation hasn’t been going […]

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