Thursday, November 16, 2017

VA wants $782 million for electronic health records overhaul...still?

Veterans Affairs seeks $782 million for electronic health records overhaul

Stars and Stripes
Nikki Wentling
November 15, 2017

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at a conference held on Nov. 6, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.MICHAEL S. DARNELL/STARS AND STRIPES

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday seeking $800 million to begin an overhaul of the VA’s electronic health records – an initiative nearly 20 years in the making.
The VA is close to entering into a contract with Cerner Corp., the health information technology company it chose to implement a new electronic health records system. But first, Congress must allow the VA to reappropriate $782 million in other department funds.
If the VA doesn’t secure funding by the end of the year, the contract will cost more, and a 10-year implementation timeline will be thrown off, Shulkin told a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday. 
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He did say "begin" right?

February 2008
"Carl Blake, national legislative director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, said VBA needed $121 million in its fiscal 2009 budget for its information technology. According to VA budget documents, VBA requested an IT budget of $109.6 million for its compensation and benefits programs, down $23.8 million from $133.4 million in 2008. VA requested an overall 2009 IT budget of $2.53 billion in 2009, up from $2.15 billion in fiscal 2008, with the largest portion earmarked for the Veterans Health Administration." GovExec

And in 2016

"The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded 21 contractors spots on a $22.3 billion IT modernization contract, the overwhelming majority of which are local companies."

Why not since it worked so well the last time,,,,,,NOT!

"This T4NG award is a follow-on from the previous five-year, $12 billion T4 contract that named 15 vendors in July 2011. Among those companies were a lot of the same names, including Booz, the former SRA (now CSRA) and CACI." Washington Business Journal,
link is still live
There are even more reports on this, but I already have a headache looking for them. I need a margarita!