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Feb 11, 2020

Tester Statement on Electronic Health Record Modernization Delay

Following news of delay from VA, Senator calls for stable leadership, accountability, and oversight in roll-out

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced plans to delay the “go-live” date for the new Electronic Health Record (EHR) in Spokane, Washington.

“I’ve said all along that this electronic health record system is far too important to our veterans for VA to get wrong. Moving forward, VA must establish stable leadership to provide sufficient accountability and robust oversight of this process, while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. I’ll be looking to VA to do right by the nine million veterans—and dedicated VA employees—who are relying on this system to seamlessly provide care.”


VA is currently undertaking a decade-long transition to bring veterans’ health records into the 21st century by ensuring that veterans can have access to a seamless electronic health record across VA and Department of Defense health systems. The new $16 billion commercial electronic health record system will affect nine million veterans across the country.

In an effort to keep VA on target and transparent in its roll-out, Tester introduced bipartisan legislation last Congress to establish a third-party oversight Committee to help monitor the implementation of the new electronic health record system.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
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Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
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Bozeman, MT 59715
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Butte, MT 59701
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Great Falls, MT 59401
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Helena, MT 59601
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Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
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