Cerner has called upon a team of 24 health and technology companies to support its work on the $10 billion modernization of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ electronic health record system.
“We have formed a world class team that has the best interest of Veterans at heart,” Travis Dalton, president of Cerner Government Services, said in a statement Wednesday. “This is the beginning of a long transformational journey. We will continue to seek and bring the best talent available to the VA. Our nation’s Veterans deserve the highest quality care and we are confident we have brought the right players to this team to succeed in our collective mission.”
Cerner has brought in seven “core team” companies — Leidos, Guidehouse, Accenture, Henry Schein Inc., AbleVets LLC, MicroHealth and ProSource360 — as well as 17 additional businesses, many of which are veteran-owned, to “provide experience and expertise to the VA implementation,” it said in a release.
“Cerner has brought together some of this country’s brightest industry leaders to transform veteran health care delivery,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “This team will create a single longitudinal health record that can facilitate the efficient exchange of data among military care facilities, VA facilities and the thousands of civilian health care providers where current and former service members receive care.”
The news comes as Cerner and the VA are set to soon kick off implementation of the new EHR in the Pacific Northwest, where the program office leading the project’s rollout expects to have the modernized EHR working at three sites by March 2020. VA’s rollout of its new EHR is following that of the Defense Department’s, which is also developed by Cerner, so that it can build off of DOD’s progress and provide seamless interoperability between the two systems.
Cerner and VA will outline the team’s modernization strategy at the Cerner Health Conference Oct. 8-11 in Kansas City, Missouri, the company said in the release.
The additional partners on Cerner’s team are ACI Federal, B3 Group Inc., Blue Sky Innovative Solutions, Clarus Group LLC, Forward Thinking Innovations LLC, HCTec, HRG Technologies, KRM Associates Inc., Liberty IT Solutions, MedicaSoft, MedSys Group, Holland Square Group, PM Solutions, Point Solutions Group, Sharpe Medical Consulting, Signature Performance and ThomasRiley Strategies.