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VA to spend $4.89B on VistA until Cerner EHR fully replaces system

July 26, 2019


The Department of Veterans Affairs will need to maintain its legacy electronic health record system at a cost of nearly $5 billion over 10 years until it is replaced by a commercial off-the-shelf EHR from Cerner.

Paul Tibbits, executive director of technical integration in the VA’s Office of Information and Technology, told lawmakers on Thursday that the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) requires updates and maintenance to keep it functioning until the Cerner system goes live.

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