Cerner creates VA EHR modernization team

Healthcare IT vendor Cerner has created a team of more than 20 technology innovators to help the company modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ electronic health record system.

The VA EHR modernization team will outline its strategy this week at the annual Cerner Health Conference held in Kansas City, Mo. In May, the agency awarded the vendor a $10 billion contract—one of the largest IT contracts ever issued by the federal government.

“Cerner has brought together some of this country’s brightest industry leaders to transform veteran healthcare delivery,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a written statement. “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 healthcare providers where current and former service members receive care.”

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Among the members of Cerner’s newly established VA EHR modernization team are Leidos, which was awarded a $4.3 billion contract in 2015 to serve as prime contractor to modernize the Department of Defense EHR system. The Leidos-led team includes Cerner to provide the core Millennium capability for DoD as a software-as-a-service hosted in the vendor’s data center.

The VA intends to create a single common EHR system with the U.S. military by leveraging a shared Cerner Millennium platform. The agency is aligning the deployment of the VA’s Cerner system with DoD’s ongoing rollout of its own system—called MHS GENESIS, which has been deployed at four military sites in the Pacific Northwest. The VA initial operating capability (IOC) site is slated to begin this month, with an estimated completion date of March 2020 for all IOC sites.

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Cerner’s VA EHR modernization team includes consultancy Accenture and dental software vendor Henry Schein—both of whom are subcontractors on the Leidos-led DoD contract for MHS GENESIS.

“We have formed a world-class team that has the best interest of veterans at heart,” said Travis Dalton, president of Cerner Government Services, in a written statement. “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.”

Other members of Cerner’s VA EHR modernization team include: AbleVets LLC, ACI Federal, B3 Group Inc., Blue Sky Innovative Solutions, Clarus Group LLC, Forward Thinking Innovations LLC, Guidehouse, HCTec, Holland Square Group, HRG Technologies, KRM Associates Inc., Liberty IT Solutions, MedicaSoft, MedSys Group, MicroHealth, PM Solutions, Point Solutions Group, ProSource360, Sharpe Medical Consulting, Signature Performance and ThomasRiley Strategies.

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