When it was announced in 2017 that VA intended to contract with Cerner to modernize the Veteran Affairs (VA) electronic health record, Cerner acknowledged it needed more first-hand input about the Veteran experience from leaders inside and outside of VA. Cerner assembled its VA Advisory Group to help fill that gap. This diverse group is comprised of innovative experts that cut across a range of experiences, from within the Health IT industry and the Veteran and military health care systems.
On this episode of Perspectives on Health and Tech, we are joined by Dr. James Peake, member of Cerner’s VA Advisory Group and senior vice president at CGI Federal. Dr. Peake is a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and served as the 40th Surgeon General of the United States Army. Dr. Peake was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart during his service in Vietnam.
Interviewed by Meg Marshall, senior director of Cerner Public Policy, Dr. Peake shares his perspectives and ideas about how VA’s electronic health record modernization will ultimately improve the health and well-being of U.S. Veterans and change the way care is delivered in both public and private care settings.
Dr. Peake answers the following questions:
- Why was it important to get involved with the VA Advisory Group?
- What is the top issue that needs to be addressed when developing the new EHR?
- What are some of the broader Veteran health concerns that this new system will be able to help VA solve?
- What considerations need to be accounted for when developing a health record for Veterans that might be different than what would be done for the civilian population?
- What should Cerner and VA be looking at now as they build the new health record to ensure it can meet the needs of Veterans in the future?
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