CHIME Statement on VA’s EHR Decision

ANN ARBOR, MI, June 5, 2017 – Today the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David J. Shulkin, announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will transition to a commercial electronic health record system and adopt the same EHR system as the Department of Defense.

Statement by CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell on the VA’s EHR modernization announcement:

Secretary Shulkin’s announcement underscores the importance of achieving nationwide interoperability, highlighting many of the challenges experienced by healthcare CIOs today. I was pleased to hear that Secretary Shulkin consulted healthcare leaders, including hospitals CIOs, as he arrived at his decision to join the Department of Defense (DoD) in moving toward a single EHR system from enlistment through retirement.

Smooth transition of care for patients, servicemen and servicewomen, veterans, or civilian patients, and ongoing coordinated care, are predicated on interoperability and a mature digital infrastructure to support the exchange of health information. Undoubtedly, this decision will impact health systems nationwide as many veterans receive care through the Choice program outside of the VA. We look forward to working with the VA and DoD to ensure that all patients can benefit from Secretary Shulkin’s decision.

Secretary Shulkin’s announcement can be read here.

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Candace Stuart
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME
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