May 18, 2018

Cerner gets VA's $10 billion health records deal

A sign outside the VA hospital in Hines, Illinois.

VA hospitals are getting a new electronic health record system. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Department of Veterans Affairs has officially awarded Cerner a no-bid contract worth $10 billion over a decade to replace the VA's homegrown electronic health records system with Cerner's version.

Why it matters: The VA is the largest health system in the country with 170 hospitals and 1,000 outpatient clinics. But the VA medical records contract has caused concern because Cerner's similar deal with the Military Health System has been "riddled with problems so severe they could have led to patient deaths," Politico previously reported.

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