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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will decide this summer if it will replace its “home-grown” electronic health record (EHR) system with a commercial off-the-shelf product, VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., announced in March. Estimated costs range between $8 billion and $16 billion.
With the Trump administration promising big changes at the VA in terms of care access, coordination and delivery, reporters should keep in mind the colorful history and uncertain future of the VA's EHR system. Besides military spending and the border wall with Mexico, an EHR replacement is one of the few areas where President Donald J. Trump has proposed increasing spending.
Health care reporter Andis Robeznieks offers background and some tips for what to watch for as this process moves ahead.
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