Veteran Affairs Implements Electronic Health Record in Washington

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new electronic health record system on 26th March 2022, at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.

By launching at Walla Walla and affiliated sites, VA marks another step toward health care transformation by modernizing the software that tracks and stores patient information. The EHR system will replace the department’s current system, which is more than 30 years old, with a single platform shared with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard.

This is a critical milestone in the agency’s efforts to support a lifetime of seamless care for service members from active duty to Veteran status.  By adopting a common EHR system, VA health care providers will gain access to a Veteran’s entire medical record for care received at a DOD facility or a VA facility anywhere in the world. It also allows access to a single point of entry for participating community providers to request and access VA, DOD and USCG patient health care data needed for patient care.

The launch at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial brings all VA clinics in the Walla Walla catchment area online with the new EHR system, including Richland and Yakima (Washington), Boardman, Enterprise and La Grande (Oregon), and Lewiston (Idaho).

The next rollout of the new EHR system is scheduled for April 30 at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System in Columbus, Ohio.