June 22, 2022

Chairman Takano, Mrvan Issue Joint Statement on Troubling Issues with VA’s Electronic Health Record

Draft OIG Findings Obtained by the Media Reveal Serious Concerns with Patient Safety

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Miguel R. Salazar (Takano) I 202-779-1486  

Kevin Spicer (Mrvan) I 202-436-5855

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and HVAC Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank Mrvan issued the statement below following the release of draft OIG findings obtained by the media which reveal serious patient safety risks within the Cerner Millennium Electronic Health Record used across VA.  


“Although we are still waiting for the VA’s Office of Inspector General to release its report related to an “Unknown Queue” within the Cerner Millennium Electronic Health Record, the draft findings raised in media coverage over the weekend are seriously troubling and contradict what we have heard from VA officials during public testimony,” said the members.


They continued, “Since its inception, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization has been engaged in extensive oversight of the Electronic Health Records Modernization program. During our last hearing on April 26th, we requested that VA halt “go-lives” at level 1 facilities and subsequently wrote to VA demanding additional information on patient safety risks.We have already begun discussions with VA on the performance of Cerner and requested an official briefing on the forthcoming report. Once released, we will be reviewing the findings closely in order to determine if there are any contractual or legal repercussions of these draft findings."