VA’s Health Record Overhaul Could Get Even More Expensive, Officials Say

NextGov: Veterans Affairs Department officials are already warning Congress the massive overhaul of the agency’s electronic health record system could cost more—and take more time—than they originally thought.

Less than nine months into a 10-year, $10 billion effort to adopt the same record management platform as the Pentagon, the department’s second-in-command said officials won’t know the total budget for the project until they finish the first round of field tests. The platform, built by Cerner Corp., is scheduled to go live at three sites in the Pacific Northwest in March 2020.

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