Cerner signs 10-yr contract with Department of Veterans Affairs for up to $10B
Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie says: I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize the VA's health care IT system and help provide seamless care to Veterans as they transition from military service to Veteran status, and when they choose to use community care. This is one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government, with a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years. And with a contract of that size, you can understand why former Secretary Shulkin and I took some extra time to do our due diligence and make sure the contract does what the President wanted. President Trump has made very clear to me that he wants this contract to do right by both Veterans and taxpayers, and I can say now without a doubt that it does. With this contract, VA will adopt the same EHR platform as the Department of Defense: Patient data will be seamlessly shared between VA, DoD, and community providers through a secure system; Health information will be much easier to share, and health care will be much easier to coordinate and deliver, as well as faster and safer; Care by all providers will be transparent to the entire care team; VA will add capabilities to the system as necessary to meet the special needs of Veterans, VA clinicians, and our community-care partners.