In a recent open letter, Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN expressed concerns regarding the stability and direction of leadership for the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent over $1.1 billion on 138 contractors between 2011 and 2016 in the quest to modernize its EHR system, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
An investigation spanning a two-year period found that US Veterans Affairs department employees or contractors contributed to 14,215 privacy breaches affecting over 101,000 veterans at 167 VA facilities across the US.