VA is expected to make Cerner deal official in the next month

The Department of Veterans Affairs will award a contract to Cerner Corp. in the next month to develop a new electronic health record system.

During a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing last week, VA Secretary David Shulkin released a 30-day notice of award of a contract, according to Federal News Radio.

The news comes after Shulkin selected Cerner to revamp the VA’s health record system in June, which he announced after months of back-and-forth debate as to whether the VA should revamp its legacy VistA record system or go commercial. The VA’s new record system is expected to integrate with Department of Defense records, for which Cerner is providing a system based on its Millennium EHR platform.

The VA selected Cerner without an open RFP process, citing the 26 months it took to set the DoD contract as a “public interest exemption” in a Determination and Findings signed by Shulkin. The decision has since been challenged by at least one EHR company, San Diego-based CliniComp International Inc., which filed a bid protest in August.

The VA hasn’t yet announced a budget for the project, but it’s expected to be larger than Cerner’s current $4.3 billion DoD contract as part of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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