VA to Support Two EHR Systems Indefinitely

By | March 10, 2023
VA EHR Kiosks

Cerner and VistA EHR Systems for VA

From Federal News Network March 2023

In Brief Summary

  • 24 migrated and 54 slated to migrate to cloud
  • Cerner went live October 2020
  • Congressional leaders frustrated by lack of progress
  • Another 5-10 years expected
  • VistA relys on MUMPs programmers, many due to retire and no new ones coming online
  • VistA doesn’t support mobile and web access very well, and no support for AI


The Department of Veterans Affairs is telling Congress a new multibillion-dollar Electronic Health Record is the best way to provide care for its patients — despite a troubled rollout and House lawmakers threatening to pull the plug on the project.

Whether or not the VA can get the rollout of its Oracle-Cerner EHR back on track this summer as planned, agency officials told members of the House VA Committee that the VA would need to rely on its legacy EHR, VistA, for another five-to-10 years, if not longer.

“In essence, we are supporting two EHR systems simultaneously until the Cerner implementation is complete,” Daniel McCune, VA’s executive director of software product management, told the technology modernization subcommittee in a hearing Tuesday. “In the interim, VistA remains our authoritative source of veteran data.”

VA officials told the subcommittee that VistA is not suited for meeting the agency’s long-term health care needs, but McCune said the VA plans to modernize VistA over the coming years to provide “uninterrupted care and continually improve the veteran service.”

In a survey of VA employees currently using the Oracle-Cerner EHR, 78% of respondents said the new system didn’t help them deliver high-quality care, but 64% agreed that the legacy VistA system did help them provide quality care to veterans.


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