Congress has provided $233 million in its final fiscal year 2016 omnibus bill for continued modernization of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record system. However, the appropriation—signed into law by President Obama—comes with restrictions.

The EHR enhancement effort, called the VistA Evolution program, calls for the addition of an Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP)—a set of new modular-based components—to replace the Computerized Patient Record System, which is the existing user interface that clinicians use while delivering care. Among other capabilities, the new eHMP platform will enable the VA to meet many of the 2014 Edition Meaningful Use certification criteria for HIT components.

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