The following resources provide helpful information for Veterans and other stakeholders on VA’s effort to roll out a new electronic health record at its medical facilities nationwide.
Electronic Health Record Modernization Overview
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing seamless care for Veterans, including access to a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR).
In May 2018, VA awarded Cerner Corp. a contract to replace its current EHR systems with a new EHR based on the same commercial off-the-shelf platform currently being deployed by the Department of Defense (DOD), Cerner Millennium.
Benefits of VA’s New Electronic Health Record
VA is working to improve the sharing of Veteran health information by implementing a new electronic health record, or EHR, which is the software that stores health information and tracks all aspects of patient care for Veterans. In addition to being shared across VA medical facilities, the new EHR is also the same one used by the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and participating community health care providers.
How VA’S Electronic Health Record Modernization Effort Will Benefit Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing a multiyear effort to modernize its nearly 40-year-old electronic health record (EHR) system. The new EHR gives VA providers secure access to patients’ complete medical history from the time they entered military service through their transition to Veteran status and beyond. The system will improve delivery of care and simplify the patient experience, connecting VA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard and participating community providers on one platform.
What Veterans Need to Know About Changes to How VA’s Health Record Systems is Changing
Our nation’s Veterans deserve high-quality health care, including access to a comprehensive EHR that eliminates the need to manage cumbersome printed health records, endure repeat tests or relay basic information, such as drug allergies, to different providers. The new EHR will help improve delivery of care and simplify the patient experience.
What Veterans Need to Know About Changes to How VA Keeps Your Medical Records
How VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) effort will affect each individual Veteran depends on two primary factors: whether their records (prior conditions, lab results, etc.) already exist in a digital form and when EHRM is being implemented in their region.
A New Online Patient Portal for Veterans
VA’s new EHR solution introduces a new patient portal called My VA Health, which will complement VA’s existing patient portal. As sites go live with the system, Veterans will be able to use My VA Health to refill and renew prescriptions, schedule appointments and message their providers to better manage their health care.