VA expects to roll out the new electronic health record (EHR) system to all its facilities nationwide in waves over the course of several years. The department continues to develop the EHR long-range deployment schedule taking numerous factors into consideration.
To ensure facilities are prepared for the transition to the new EHR, VA uses an integrated site readiness checklist to track progress, with metrics that include leadership, governance, informatics, training, high-reliability processes, infrastructure, user readiness, patient safety and system usability. These criteria provide a holistic view of people, process and technology readiness at each site and set a baseline for going live on the EHR.
On Oct. 13, 2022, VA announced it would delay upcoming deployments of its new EHR until June 2023 to address challenges with the system and make sure it is functioning optimally for Veterans and VA health care personnel. VA will continue to work closely with Oracle Cerner to resolve issues with the system’s performance, maximize usability for VA health care providers and ensure our nation’s Veterans are served by an effective records system to support their health care. During this “assess and address” period, VA will correct outstanding issues — especially those that may have patient safety implications — before resuming deployments at other VA medical centers.
The deployment schedule below is subject to change based on any additional clinical and technical findings and any potential regional COVID-19 surges.