After months of delays, the Department of Alumni and the Cerner have agreed on the VA`s new electronic health registry system. Debra Draper: I think it`s VA`s head up that implements the Cerner system, which is that they used the DoD system to implement it. The DoD system is still in use across the country. So they`ve probably implemented in a number of facilities, but they`re still up and going for DoD by 2023. But that`s the basis when they make design decisions that aren`t involved with what DoD has done. I think there is a process in which they talk to the DoD and try to find mutual agreement on what should be done. So it`s really important, and they`re really concerned about making sure there`s consistency. 18 Oct. Cerner enters into a definitive agreement to acquire AbleVets, a computer engineering and consulting firm that focuses on federal clients in the healthcare sector. The department announced Monday that it took a “critical step” by transferring 23.5 million records to a joint data center run by Cerner Corp., the healthcare IT company that won the $10-year, 10-year contract to overhaul VA`s electronic health system and integrate it into the Defense Department`s MHS GENESIS system. Other articles on EHRs:Some ONC-certified EHRs pose problems that could harm patient safety, find analysesColorado HIEs Pool-Sharing Data, Expand Reach for Millions of PatientsCerner integrates the medical journal service Change Healthcare with EHR The VA announced nearly a year ago that it would move from its own Vist A system to Cerner. But differences over interoperability and alleged interference by President Donald Trump`s unofficial advisers have kept the treaty on hold for months. Tom Temin: Okay, so your main recommendation this time was for VA, huh? Lee advised VA officials not to repeat the “same mistake” the Ministry of Defence made when it first introduced its Cerner EHR, by “testing on a ridiculed system.” Tom Temin: Let`s talk about it first, before the coronavirus, what was the status of these efforts? It looked like they were walking step by step towards some kind of limited introduction.