The agency contracted MITRE to perform an assessment and is pooling comments and recommendations for a final report due at the end of this month, the VA Secretary told the Senate VA committee. The EHR contract conducted between U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Health It giant Cerner is reportedly on hold due to an independent assessment. The assessment looks into the matters of interoperability and sees whether the Cerner EHR fulfils the interoperability requirements of the department. The announcement was made by VA Secretary David Shulkin.

According to reports, this strategic pause in the negotiations conducted between the EHR giant Cerner and the Veteran affairs went operational on 13th Dec 2018. The assessment was performed by a company called MITRE performed. The independent assessment was regarding the national interoperability language which was laid out in the proposal request that was awarded to Cerner.

MITRE was chosen by the VA to assess contract language during a review that was held on 5th Jan 2018. The final report by MITRE is expected to be submitted to Shulkin by the end of the current month. The assessment will be based on the pool of recommendations and comments received from clinicians, clinical officers, medical chief and.

While talking to the committee. Shulkin said, “My objective when it comes to healthcare for our veterans is to have a fully integrated, interoperable, operationally efficient healthcare system that’s easy for veterans, employees and community partners to navigate.”

There were reports during the start of this month that the meeting between Cerner executives and Shulkin was rather tense and Shulkin was even reported to have said, “To say it wasn’t a good meeting would be an understatement.”

The department of Defence has already decided to go with Cerner EHR in the future and although the VA has decided to do the same, the latter is taking due action to ensure that the health IT system fulfils its requirements. The independent assessment was employed because the VA found Cerner’s interoperability definition a bit too limited as it only covered documents called C-CDAs (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture.