Electronic health records firm Cerner and a host of other industry leaders are taking the lead in upgrading the Veterans Affairs Department’s electronic health care records program.
Cerner named its EHR modernization team and outlined its strategy for transforming veteran health records at its Cerner Health Conference Oct. 8-11.
“We have formed a world class team that has the best interest of veterans at heart,” said Travis Dalton, president of Cerner Government Services. “This is the beginning of a long transformational journey. We will continue to seek and bring the best talent available to the VA. Our nation’s Veterans deserve the highest quality care and we are confident we have brought the right players to this team to succeed in our collective mission.”
Cerner has already partnered with the Defense Department on its EHR program. VA has committed to leverage investments already made by DOD. Overall, the goal is to work toward seamlessly connecting veterans’ health records across DOD, VA and commercial health care providers.
“Cerner has brought together some of this country’s brightest industry leaders to transform veteran health care delivery,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This team will create a single longitudinal health record that can facilitate the efficient exchange of data among military care facilities, VA facilities and the thousands of civilian health care providers where current and former service members receive care.”
Along with Cerner, the core team includes Leidos, Guidehouse, Accenture, Henry Schein Inc., AbleVets LLC, MicroHealth, ProSource360 and 17 other businesses, many of them veteran-owned. They are: ACI Federal, B3 Group Inc., Blue Sky Innovative Solutions, Clarus Group LLC, Forward Thinking Innovations LLC, HCTec, HRG Technologies, KRM Associates Inc., Liberty IT Solutions, MedicaSoft, MedSys Group, Holland Square Group, PM Solutions, Point Solutions Group, Sharpe Medical Consulting, Signature Performance and ThomasRiley Strategies.