Cerner’s second effort at Defense Department rollout goes smoother

Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2020 By: KorchekStaff

Cerner Corp. launched its second effort to roll out a new electronic health record system as part of the company’s $4.3 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, and this deployment appears to have gone better than the first.

The North Kansas City-based company (Nasdaq: CERN) rolled out its second implementation at four sites in California and Idaho in September, and DOD officials reported that it went “much, much smoother,” Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Well enough, in fact, that the DOD plans to continue its go-live effort with 25 sites simultaneously in June.

The initial rollout in 2017 generated a delay in the project after it resulted in workflow issues, and the department tweaked its strategy to avoid that going forward, the report says.

Defense officials envision having Cerner’s MHS Genesis system operational at all military medical facilities by the end of 2023, the report says.

It’s part of a one-two federal contracting punch for Cerner, which also is developing an EHR system for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that will be interoperable with the Defense system. The rollout of that now $16.1 billion contract is set to start March 28 at a VA hospital in Spokane, Wash.