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Oct 14 2019 1 min

VA’s CIO says DevOps is a game changer in digital transformation

James Gfrerer, assistant secretary for information and technology and CIO for the Department of Veterans Affairs, is involved in one of the largest electronic health record upgrades in IT history. The VA is migrating from Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture to Cerner Millennium. The goal is to bring Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense onto the same EHR to make sharing medical records between the two departments seamless. And the process is neither cheap nor easy. In November 2018, the price tag for the migration increased to $16 billion from $10 billion in May 2018. Late last week, the department confirmed it will delay a chunk of the implementation for more training and development. But the EHR upgrade is just one element of a massive digital transformation taking place at the VA, the second-largest federal agency and includes the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration and the National Cemetery Administration. Gfrerer, who was confirmed by the Senate in January, is helping modernize every other major VA platform, as well as build out new veterans services that make experience a priority.”

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