VA's first site to go live on new $16 billion EHR on Oct. 24




, VA's first site to go live on new $16 billion EHR on Oct. 24

A pacesetter with the Veterans Affairs Division on Wednesday confirmed to lawmakers that the company is on monitor to carry its first website dwell on a brand new $16 billion digital well being report system subsequent month, saying the system is 99% prepared.

That first website—Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Heart in Spokane, Wash.—is scheduled to go dwell on the brand new Cerner Corp. EHR system on Oct. 24.

Since delaying the rollout —then scheduled for July—in April on account of COVID-19, the VA has accomplished testing for all 73 of the interfaces wanted for the primary part of Mann-Grandstaff VA’s EHR implementation, stated John Windom, government director for the VA’s Workplace of EHR Modernization, throughout a listening to with the Home Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Expertise Modernization Subcommittee. In April, VA officers had stated it had 72 of the 73 interfaces prepared for testing.

The VA plans for websites to go dwell on the brand new EHR in two phases. The second—and closing—functionality set is predicted to be prepared in spring 2021.

The COVID-19 delay, introduced in April, got here on the heels of the VA’s resolution in February to push again Mann-Grandstaff VA’s go-live from March to July, needing extra time to construct the system.

Windom on Wednesday stated that though the 73 interfaces are full, he’ll proceed to say the work is 99% prepared. “We’re coaching up till the final second; we’re testing up till the final second,” Windom stated. “The solidification of workflows is an ongoing course of. You assume you are at 100%, and you are still tweaking, if you’ll.”

“I’ll by no means report back to you that workflows are 100% full,” he added.

Mann-Grandstaff VA is in its sixth week of end-user coaching, stated Dr. Laura Kroupa, chief medical officer for the VA’s Workplace of EHR Modernization.

Because the winter, the VA additionally rearranged its 10-year schedule for bringing websites dwell on the EHR system to initially give attention to rolling out to small and mid-sized facilities within the Northwest and Midwest.

The “VA’s highway to preliminary working functionality in Spokane, Washington, has been an extended and winding highway, to place it mildly,” stated Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). “I’m now assured that about one month from now the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Heart can be utilizing the Cerner Millennium EHR.”

However Banks and Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), chair for the Expertise Modernization subcommittee, questioned the VA’s plans for its affected person portal.

The VA’s present affected person portal is named My HealtheVet; nevertheless, the VA additionally plans to implement a affected person portal from Cerner on an interim foundation, which might be utilized by sufferers at amenities that go dwell on the Cerner EHR.

The VA hasn’t decided whether or not it’ll proceed to make use of My HealtheVet or Cerner’s affected person portal within the long-term, in accordance with Windom. He cited an estimate that it will value between $60 million to $300 million to switch and combine My HealtheVet with the Cerner EHR.

“That is an ongoing dialogue,” Windom stated. “There isn’t any resolution in regards to the evolution of HealtheVet that is documented but.”

The VA in 2018 inked a $10 billion contract with Cerner for a 10-year rollout of an EHR system, which replaces the company’s homegrown EHR, VistA.

Since then, prices for the undertaking have continued to climb. The VA has estimated it’ll want one other $6.1 billion for prices associated to program administration and infrastructure, in addition to extra funding to cowl different bodily upgrades wanted for particular person healthcare amenities, in accordance with an April report from the VA Workplace of Inspector Basic.