Faced with increasing demands for its services and the realities of providing integrated healthcare in the 21st Century, the Department of Veterans Affairs is having second thoughts about sticking with its legacy electronic health record system.

Although the VA has been modernizing the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) over the last couple of years, the department is “taking a step back” from this system modernization to reassess its future clinical needs and to determine whether it should move forward with VistA or follow the lead of the Department of Defense—which last year awarded a $4.3 billion contract to a Leidos-Cerner team—and procure a similar commercial off-the-shelf EHR system.

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