The following is an excerpt from Becker's Hospital Review.
The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that the Oracle Cerner EHR system caused six incidents of "catastrophic harm" to veterans, and four of those incidents led to the death of patients, The Spokesman-Review reported March 15.
In a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 15, VA officials told senators that one of the patient deaths occurred at the Spokane, Wash.-based Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center and that the other three deaths occurred in central Ohio, where the new EHR system was launched in April.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the harm caused to patients by the new system was "totally unacceptable." Ms. Murray said the news could cause senators to withhold funding for the project unless the issues are fixed.
This comes after the VA EHR Modernization Sprint Project Team identified four patient safety issues with the Oracle Cerner EHR system.
The Oracle Cerner EHR implementation has been ongoing since 2020, and has been plagued with outages and delays.
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Bruce A Hamilton says
More details needed. How does a record cause "catastrophic harm"?