April 08, 2020

Chairman Takano, Subcommittee Chair Lee Statement on VA’s Electronic Health Record Project Delay

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Jenni Geurink (Takano) | 202-819-4684

Jesús Espinoza (Lee) | 202-225-5813

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D- Calif.) and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chair Susie Lee (D-Nev.) released the following statement regarding VA’s delay of the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) project. Last Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the delay due to the necessary reallocation of staff to combat the COVID-19 pandemic:

“As we’ve said many times before, if VA is not ready, the Electronic Health Record Modernization project should be delayed. The COVID-19 pandemic is a clear reason to postpone given the critical need to have EHRM staff on the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus. But as this emergency passes, we must make sure that VA does not lose sight of the need for strong employee engagement. Failure to communicate with these employees was a significant factor that contributed to the initial implementation delay. Congress stands ready to support VA throughout this crisis and the delays in EHRM implementation.”