New VA CIO focuses on digital transformation, EHR changeout

The new CIO of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said the agency plans to focus heavily on digital transformation efforts, rely on more cloud-based applications, continue its push into telehealth, and build out its internal IT staff.

During a media roundtable Thursday, VA CIO Kurt DelBene said his goal is to transform agency’s technology landscape to help drive a seamless, unified experience for veterans through digital transformation.

In 2018, the VA began the process of migrating away from its homegrown, 40-year-old Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) system to a new electronic healthcare record (EHR) system from Cerner. (In December, Oracle announced plans to buy Cerner for $28.3 billion.)

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