VA moves to digitize health records with $158M contract

CSRA President and CEO Larry Prior speaks Nov. 9 at the Red Hat Government Symposium produced by FedScoop. (FedScoop)

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The Department of Veterans Affairs tapped CSRA to help its ongoing efforts to digitize veteran health records ahead of the development of its electronic health records system.

The agency awarded the Falls Church, Virginia, IT company a $158 million task order to digitize more than 7 million veteran health records.

The 36-month contract tasks the company’s subsidiary, SRA International LLC, with helping the VA’s Records Management Center in St. Louis convert the health records and convert file information as the department continues to develop its $10 billion electronic health records system with Cerner.

Kamal Narang, head of CSRA’s Federal Health Group, said in a statement Monday that the deal would save taxpayers money.

“More important, this work has the potential to save lives by quickly providing doctors and administrators with key information to inform their decisions,” Narang said. “America’s veterans have made enormous sacrifices for our country and CSRA is honored to serve those who served.”

The announcement follows a 2015 contract for the company to help digitize veterans’ claims at the VA’s Intake Conversion Mail Handling Services that awarded CSRA $234 million.

This comes as Rep. Timothy Walz, D-Minn., introduced the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act on Nov. 3, which would require the VA to share quarterly updates on its EHR modernization plans with congressional committees.

CSRA also recently received a $163 million contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency for endpoint security.

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