In an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wasted almost $2 billion on three failed attempts to modernize the electronic health records system it uses to provide care to 9 million veterans. This audit and VA’s spending trail are important as the Department is about to embark on a fourth attempt to modernize its health records system, which is expected to cost taxpayers at least $10 billion. Cerner Corp., the contracted company for aforementioned the software modernization project, is also contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense to partner with Leidos to produce compatible health records software to the VA’s for $4.3 billion over ten years. It is important to note that the Veteran Affairs has been in this “modernization process” of its software for nearly two decades now.

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