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House VA Subcommittee for IT Modernization to Conduct First Hearing in September

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A house subcommittee dedicated to oversee a Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record modernization program will hold its first hearing on Sept. 13, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, has said the subcommittee will help determine the role of VA’s interagency program office in the potential 10-year, $16 billion contract the department will complete with Cerner Corporation.

“[We will] dig deeper into if there are ways that maybe perhaps Congress could give the IPO more authority,” Banks added.

The subcommittee will also conduct an in-depth assessment of the contract’s details, as well as possibly preside over other information technology initiatives that will be included in the EHR project.

Banks will lead the subcommittee with ranking member Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., both of whom are the youngest members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

VA’s contract with Cerner will involve transferring all patient data into the Cerner Millennium platform.

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