Cerner may benefit from VA’s health record overhaul

As the Department of Veterans Affairs mulls the possibility of switching from its legacy electronic medical record system, Cerner Corp. might see an opportunity. Earlier this month, new VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said the agency would consider switching to an off-the-shelf system for electronic health records.

The reversal came less than a year after the VA ended a $624 million contract with Epic Systems, Cerner’s chief rival, and Lockheed Martin. At that time, the VA opted instead to upgrade its proprietary VistA system.

Back to square one, the VA will decide whether it will switch to a commercial EHR by July 1. The VA did not comment specifically on whether it would consider Cerner for the job; the North Kansas City-based company is working with the Department of Defense to roll out the DoD’s new $4.3 billion EHR system.

When asked by investors, Cerner COO Zane Burke said during a previous investor call that the company would focus on the DoD contract for the time being, positioning Cerner for a potential opportunity with the VA.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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