Senator seeks to stop EHR deployment at Washington State VA Medical Center

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A U.S. senator from Washington state is asking the VA to halt an upcoming EHR deployment to a medical center in Walla Walla after three reports were released highlighting security issues in Spokane.

The VA Inspector General reported several issues with the deployment of the EHR at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane. These included medication management issues, care coordination issues, and ticket processing issues.

Senator Patty Murray said March 17 in a post on her website that it is clear from reports that the VA is not ready for the March 26 commissioning of the EHR system at the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla.

“Here’s my message to VA: Stop the deployment before there’s another catastrophic failure – do the right thing and sort this out in Spokane first,” Ms Murray said. “Patient safety and the quality of care our veterans receive must come first.”

The senator added that she does not want to see the EHR rollout go any further in Washington until the VA provides clear and objective data showing its resolved concerns raised by the reports.

The VA is expected to roll out the EHR to two additional Washington facilities, in Seattle and Tacoma, later this year.

Ms. Murray is a member emeritus of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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