Bergman Applauds VA Decision to Bring Electronic Health Records into the 21st Century

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Washington, June 6, 2017 | comments

Washington Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement following Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin’s announcement that the VA will be upgrading its electronic health records system to better accommodate Veteran care:

“We live in a society where you can order a taxi, your dry-cleaning, even your groceries electronically, and as the way we do business evolves, the way we care for our Veterans has to evolve too. It’s encouraging to hear that the VA plans to transition toward a more modern, more sophisticated, and—most importantly—more effective IT system. We’ve spent too much money and too much time trying to make an antiquated system work, and Veterans have had to bear the brunt of those failures. As a Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I applaud Secretary Shulkin’s leadership and look forward to working closely with him and with the Administration to make sure the transition is seamless and cost-effective.

On February 7, 2017, Congressman Bergman participated in a full committee hearing intended to assess progress and challenges in IT at the VA.

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