Monday’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs that it plans to follow the lead of the Department of Defense and acquire a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record system from Cerner was met with approval from healthcare IT groups and stakeholders.

They contend that the VA’s decision to replace its decades-old legacy Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) with Cerner’s Millennium EHR, the same platform that DoD is currently implementing, has a symmetry and logic to it.

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