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Lawmakers accuse VA of ‘malign neglect’ regarding EHR modernization efforts

May 17, 2018

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Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are turning up the heat on the Department of Veterans Affairs for what lawmakers describe as “malign neglect” regarding the VA’s electronic health record modernization efforts.

Five senators and six members of Congress—all Democrats—sent a letter on Wednesday to VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman expressing their concerns about what they perceive as a leadership vacuum at the agency, significant staffing vacancies, as well as reports of “political interference” regarding the VA’s plans to purchase a commercial-off-the-shelf EHR from Cerner to replace its legacy system.

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