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VA opposes EHR oversight board plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs is opposing a Senate plan to establish an advisory board to conduct oversight of the agency's $16 billion, 10-year plan to implement a commercial electronic health record system.
Department of Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record Advisory Committee Act, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, along with Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), would set up a panel of 11 medical and technology specialists and two VA patients from outside government to examine the plans and execution of the move to the Cerner health record platform.

Teresa Boyd, assistant deputy undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, told the Senate VA committee on May 22 that the project already receives ample oversight from Congress and the Government Accountability Office as well as through other statutory reporting requirements.

Additionally, Boyd said that management of monthly meetings present "unworkable conflicts" given the notice requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Veterans service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled Veterans of America, are backing the measure. Adrian Atizado, the deputy national legislative director for DAV, said in written testimony that his organization "agrees that the $16 billion 10-year commitment must not suffer the same setbacks as has unfortunately been known to occur with numerous other VA information technology projects."

This oversight board would not apply to the Department of Defense implementation of the Cerner system, which is designed to be fully interoperable with VA. There's a separate effort underway to create a joint governance structure with a single leader to make decisions across both systems.

Reader comments

Sun, Jun 2, 2019 Paul Giordano Pa.

TSP-I GOT SEPARATED FROM THE POST OFFICE BECAUSE OF INJURY ON JOB. I was out of work for 6 months without pay all during this time my house was log being foreclosed and marriage was ending in separation. I have 3 kids I’m have to take care of and had to find housing for wife and kids along with myself because of separation. This happened in 2007 so I decided to take out my tsp to help with my family situation. I started TSP January 2001 and had it up until my departure in May 2006. Since 2010 my taxes have been getting taken by the IRS. I have had just about all I can take along with my extremely bad case of PTSD from the service and car accident. I am informing You the ITS THAT I AM AT THIS TOME. Pressing charges. Adding to fire of my extremely bad case of PTSD and for the deformation of Character for ruining my family’s good name with negative reports .

Tue, May 28, 2019

No matter what you do the VA will fail. Just but the VET under Tri-care.

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