Accenture Unit Will Update VA's EHR

David F.Carr | Information Week | July 3, 2014

VistA Core modernization and modularization will prepare the Veterans Administration's electronic health records system for the future.  The core of the Veterans Administration's VistA electronic health records system will be broken down and rebuilt by ASM Research, part of Accenture Federal Services, under a two-year, $162 million contract.

Specifically, ASM will work with VA personnel to modernize the EHR known as the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Clinical Application and Enterprise Core Services. VistA is the VA's pioneering EHR and, as government open source, the basis for several derivative software packages. ASM also will update VistA's Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), providing modern, Web-based access to patient records.

Jim Traficant, president of ASM Research and a managing director at Accenture Federal Services, says ASM actually won the contract in September but wasn't allowed to publicize it immediately. That restriction has been lifted now that ASM has successfully navigated the first phases of the product. September is also when Accenture completed its acquisition of ASM...