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VA Health IT Modernization: Historical Perspective on Prior Contracts and Update on Plans for New Initiative, January 18, 2018

What GAO Found The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has, since 2001, pursued four separate initiatives to modernize its health information system--the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). These efforts--HealtheVet, the integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR), VistA Evolution, and the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM)--reflect varying approaches that the department has considered to achieve a modernized health system over the course of nearly two decades (see figure). This latest effort, the EHRM program, is to include the adoption of the same commercial electronic health record system that the Department of Defense is in the process of acquiring. VA obligated about $1.1 billion to 138 different contractors that worked on iEHR and VistA Evolution (the two efforts for which VA could provide contract data) during fiscal years 2011 through 2016. Funding for the 34 contractors that worked on both efforts totaled about $793 million

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