VA’s $16 Billion Electronic Health Record Modernization  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are fighting to keep the VA on target and transparent on its roll-out of the new $16 billion commercial electronic health record system for nine million veterans.

The VA is currently undertaking a decade-long transition to bring veterans’ health records into the 21st century by ensuring that veterans can have access to a seamless electronic health record across the VA and Department of Defense health systems.

Tester and Blackburn introduced the VA Electronic Health Record Advisory Committee Act to establish a third-party oversight committee to help monitor the implementation of the new electronic health record system.

“The new electronic health record system is too important to veterans’ health care for the VA to get wrong,” said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Our bill will create another layer of accountability to make sure the VA roll-out does right by the nine million veterans.” 

“A crucial part of giving our veterans better care is improving the way DOD and the VA organize their health records,” said Senator Blackburn. “The EHR Advisory Committee will be entirely devoted to ensuring the implementation and transition is done as smoothly as possible.