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Tester, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Hold VA Accountable for Electronic Health Record Modernization Rollout
(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Richard Blumenthal today introduced legislation to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stays on target and is transparent in its plan to roll out a new commercial electronic health record system for nine million veterans.
The Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 requires the VA to provide a detailed plan about how it will ensure every veteran’s medical records are available electronically and are easily transferrable between any medical facilities.
“As the VA brings medical records into the 21st Century, it must be a responsible steward of taxpayer money,” said Tester. “This bill will hold the VA accountable, keep it on schedule, and bring more transparency to an important multibillion-dollar project. This transition will mean better health care for Montana’s and America’s veterans, but it requires accountability and efficiency that both veterans and taxpayers deserve.”
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