March 19, 2021

Chairman Takano, Mrvan Support VA’s EHRM Strategic Review, Announce Hearing

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Jenni Geurink (Takano), 202-819-4684

Kevin Spicer (Mrvan), 202-436-5855

WASHINGTON, D.C —Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank J. Mrvan (D-Ind.) released the following statements after Secretary McDonough announced VA would pursue a strategic review of its Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program. The Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold a hearing to examine VA’s EHRM implementation in mid-April.


“It is more important for VA to get EHRM right than to rush it and put veterans’ health at risk,” said Chairman Takano. “This strategic review comes at a critical time, and I’m hopeful that it will ensure Secretary McDonough has an opportunity to examine the prior administration’s handling of the project and course correct if necessary. Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Mrvan and I look forward to working with VA to make sure the EHRM project can be implemented successfully-- but only when VA is ready to do so safely.”


“I’m pleased that Secretary McDonough is calling for a strategic review of VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization project, especially in light of concerns with the implementation in Spokane,” said Chairman Mrvan.“With veterans’ lives and $16 billion on the line, it is critical that this implementation goes smoothly. Next month, my Subcommittee will convene a hearing to examine the state of the EHRM project and hear more about the scope and structure of the Secretary’s strategic review. VA needs to ensure there is a comprehensive, transparent plan to move forward so that we can get this right for our nation’s veterans.”