VA Migrates 23.5 Million Veteran Patient Records To Cerner Data Center - July 30, 2019
By Aaron Boyd - Nextgov
The Veterans Affairs Department is getting ready to pilot the first instances of its new electronic health records system next spring but took the first major step this week, migrating millions of veterans’ health records to a third-party data center.
The department announced reaching a “critical milestone” Monday with the transfer of 23.5 million records to a shared data center managed by Cerner Corp., the health IT company awarded the 10-year, $10 billion contract to overhaul VA’s electronic health records system and integrate it with the Defense Department’s MHS GENESIS system.
The migrated records account for some 78 billion data points compiled from across the VA, totaling about 50 terabytes of information. The data includes “lab results; pharmacy prescriptions; inpatient and outpatient diagnoses and procedures; and other medical data of both living and deceased veterans,” according to the release.