VA Promises New Approach to Electronic Health Record System

After federal watchdogs and employees aired their concerns about the new electronic health record system, the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that they will ensure a new approach to the massive project.

According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “VA Secretary Denis McDonough testified Wednesday before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee about the challenges and the department’s plan moving forward. Shortly after becoming secretary in February, McDonough paused the project and ordered a 12-week internal review. The review revealed patient safety problems, escalating costs, a lack of productivity and ineffective training on the new system for health care providers, among other issues…McDonough vowed there would be a “surge of activity” in the coming weeks and months to correct the problems.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability