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Cerner’s $10 billion VA contract hits a snag

A published report said questions have come up at the VA about how well Cerner electronic health care records system will work with systems at private health care providers that the VA uses.
A published report said questions have come up at the VA about how well Cerner electronic health care records system will work with systems at private health care providers that the VA uses. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Cerner’s $10 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been put on hold, according to a published report.

David Shulkin, Veterans Affairs secretary, said the holdup has to do with questions about how well Cerner’s electronic records system will work with other systems, according to Politico.

Shulkin made his comments during a Politico-sponsored event on Tuesday.

Cerner officials could not be reached immediately.

The VA turned to Cerner for a new health records system largely because it would match up with the system Cerner and other companies are building for the U.S. Defense Department. The VA even sidestepped its normal bidding process to award Cerner the contract.

Shulkin said, according to Politico, that the questions deal with how well Cerner’s system would interact with systems at private health care providers that the VA uses.

“I'm not convinced we can do it with the rest of the system,” Shulkin said, according to Politico.

Politico said the VA issued a request for information about data-sharing solutions. It said Shulkin suggested that it may be enough to do “case studies,” which the VA sends patients through its health care system.

Mark Davis: 816-234-4372, @mdkcstar

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