VA’s New Electronic Health Record System Update

The Department of Veterans Affairs is adopting a new electronic health record (EHR) system to replace the nearly 40-year-old software that stores information and tracks patient care. The new Oracle Cerner EHR system will standardize how Veterans receive care across VA facilities and allow the sharing of Veteran medical records across VA and with the Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Coast Guard and participating community health care providers. The new EHR includes a revamped online patient portal, called My VA Health.

Why modernize our EHR?

  • Our providers and staff need access to a modern technology platform that provides improved access to each Veteran’s health record.
  • EHR modernization will give providers seamless access to a Veteran’s entire health record.
  • The EHRM project is one of the largest government transformation efforts ever undertaken, but it will provide the VA with a commercial, state-of-the-art, electronic health record.
  • The new EHR will also provide full interoperability with the Department of Defense and our Community Care Partners.
  • The EHR’s new tools and cutting-edge analytics will help to improve patient outcomes.

Why the delay in rolling out EHR at the Aleda E. Lutz VAMC and other VAs?

“Despite the pause in rolling out the new EHR system, we continue to prepare by adding staff, offering training and staying in the ready as we near our “go-live” date scheduled for June 17, 2023,” stated Roy Samsel, Assistant Medical Center Director and the executive leadership member for Saginaw’s Cerner Oracle Change Leadership Team. “We look forward to having this new system to create a lifetime of seamless care for our nation’s heroes.