Fierce Healthcare July 10, 2021
The total cost of the Veterans Affairs Department’s new medical records system could be $2.5 billion to $5.1 billion higher than currently estimated, according to two inspector general reports.
The VA’s commercial electronic health records project was originally pegged at $10 billion then raised up to $16.1 billion, including $4.3 billion for information technology infrastructure upgrades.
But the VA failed to account for millions in IT and physical infrastructure needs, according to reports from the VA Inspector General. The OIG found that the estimate of about $4.3 billion was not reliable, and, as another problem, a lack of complete documentation made it difficult to determine the accuracy of estimates, the report issued last week said.
The VA also did not report to...