Thursday, August 03, 2017

Politico's Health news: Jared Kushner on the Cerner VA deal

A very interesting thing out of Politico's Health news.  I watched a lot of big names struggle with this one for years.  If this story just half true, it is a very big deal.  

KUSHNER ON VA: White House adviser Jared Kushner's pep talk to a swarm of Congressional interns got attention for the burning issues it contained - Israel-Palestine peace, for one example. But we at Morning eHealth, after taking a listen to the full audio (posted here by Wired), noted another interesting subject: the Cerner/VA deal. 
Kushner explains that getting the deal done is "one of the great successes we've had so far" in overhauling the department. Here's how, according to Kushner, the deal got done: He was "talking about the issue" with David Shulkin, and they called Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Mattis and Shulkin convened the top five EHR guys from each department. 
"We said, guys, we want a solution to get us on one system. This is absolutely crazy," Kushner said, and apparently, the group of EHR experts were given a deadline of two weeks to solve the problem. They managed to solve the whole thing in that time - when, by comparison, "they've been holding Congressional hearings since 2000. Sixteen years and nothing's happened."

No comments: