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Chairman Bost, Rosendale Statement on VA Electronic Health Record Halt

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that future deployments of the Oracle Cerner Electronic Health Record (EHR) will be halted while the Department prioritizes improvements at the five sites that currently use the new EHR, as part of a larger program reset, and additional deployments will not be scheduled until VA is confident that the new EHR is highly functioning at current sites and ready to deliver for veterans and VA clinicians at future sites:
“We support Secretary McDonough’s decision in the strongest possible terms. The best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging, and we’re encouraged that VA and Oracle Cerner have finally realized that. Millions of veterans and VA employees should be encouraged that VA and Oracle Cerner are taking concrete steps to address the many flaws that we, this Committee, and others, have been sounding the alarm on for months,” said Chairmen Bost and Rosendale. “Together, they share the burden of demonstrating whether the EHR system and this project are capable of wholesale improvement. Make no mistake, this is a question of if, not when. Veterans and VA employees across the nation have our commitment that we will be vigilant and insist on real results, not more smoke and mirrors.”
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