The Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t yet know how much replacing its current electronic health record system with a commercial product will cost, but President Donald Trump’s proposed budget should fit the bill,
at least for now, according to VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin. He told senators last week that the VA couldn’t bake an exact cost into its budget for the new Cerner EHR system. Trump proposes spending $200 million next year to begin the VA’s internal change management process, which should cover the initial implementation costs, Shulkin said. In all, the VA would receive $186.5 billion in the proposed 2018 budget, including $82.1 billion in discretionary funding, most of which would go toward healthcare.