We recognize your absolute priority is on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response, both providing care to Veterans, and responding to the new challenges of daily life. During this time, many of you have continued to contribute to the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) implementation. We are amazed at your dedication and grateful for your partnership in this effort.
Given the circumstances and guidance from VA leadership to shift to a non-intrusive posture, we will temporarily suspend Veterans Health Administration (VHA) EHRM activities (at the VA medical center, Veterans Integrated Service Network, and VHA Central Office levels) to prioritize the care of Veterans and providing surge capabilities for civilian health care systems.
VA remains committed to implementing a state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system. With your instrumental help, we have made great strides at preparing the Initial Operating Capability sites to transition to the new EHR solution and at the initial site for Centralized Scheduling Solution (CSS) implementation. Core EHR software built in support of Mann-Grandstaff (Capability Set 1) is now over 99% complete, with all 73 interfaces complete and ready for testing. For CSS, eight interfaces, infrastructure upgrades, and necessary workflows are completed or on track for completion. Prior to pausing training, at least 75% of end users had completed their 100-300 level end-user training. Additionally, the joint Health Information Exchange between VA and the Department of Defense remains on track for activation and delivery at the end of this month (April 2020).
We can still accomplish much during this unprecedented time for our nation. The Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization and Cerner will continue our efforts to advance the transition to the new EHR system, including integrated testing, system engineering, software development and connectivity, training content, and other priority areas to enable the success of the EHRM effort. We will maintain our forward momentum and will be ready to continue this journey together as soon as COVID-19 priorities subside.
Sincerely and very respectfully,
John H. Windom
Laura J. Kroupa
Chief Medical Officer