VA Finalizes 10-year EHR Contract with Cerner

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has formally announced a 10-year $10 billion contract with EHR vendor Cerner, which is also the official EHR vendor for the US Department of Defense.

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Bill for Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Advances to US House

Providers that treat mental health or substance use disorders would be eligible for financial incentives to implement behavioral health electronic health record systems under new legislation proposed in the US House of Representatives.

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As VA Deals with Rampant Infighting and Turnover, Lawmakers Call for Swift Action with EHR Project

A group of US lawmakers contend, in a letter to the acting Veterans Affairs administrator, that a combination of staffing vacancies and the appointment of ethically compromised VA officials has contributed to “malign neglect” of efforts to modernize the VA’s the electronic health record (EHR) system.

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US House Bill Would Ease Sharing of Substance Use Disorder Patient Information

The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a consideration and mark-up session on a bill this week that would allow providers and payers to more freely share the information of patients with substance use disorders.

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Adoption of ONC’s SAFER EHR Safety Guidelines is Low, Study Finds

Despite the release four years ago of broadly available electronic health record (EHR) safety guidelines and recommendations, provider adherence to the guidelines is low, a new study finds.

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VA Makes Radiology Images and Reports Available to Veterans

Military veterans with certain My HealtheVet accounts now have access to an EHR function that has eluded users of traditional civilian EHRs: the ability to view, download, and print radiology studies.

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