How VA spent $1.1B in 6 years on EHRs it’s now trying to replace


Between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs spent more than $1.1 billion on a pair of electronic health record systems that it is now looking to replace, according to a congressional watchdog’s report.

The Government Accountability Office released an audit last week combing through VA’s spending during the six-year period on its integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) — an attempt to build an EHR directly in conjunction with the Defense Department for interoperability — and the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture Evolution, or VistA Evolution. From VA-provided data, GAO came to the conclusion that the department paid 138 contractors $224 million and $880 million for the modernization projects, respectively.  How VA spent $1.1B in 6 years on EHRs it’s now trying to replace

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