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Chairman Rosendale Exposes Corrupt Oracle Cerner for Buying Votes on Capitol Hill Instead of Fixing Failed VA System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) of the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Technology Modernization exposed Oracle Cerner's destructive efforts to lobby politicians and buy votes on Capitol Hill instead of fixing their software while veterans are experiencing ongoing issues with receiving the care they have earned and deserve. A recent article referencing Oracle Cerner’s financial issues reveals the unfortunate truth about their priorities.

“Oracle Cerner’s EHR system at VA medical centers has been a disaster for patient safety and has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars,” 
said Rep. Rosendale. “Instead of spending money buying off politicians, it’s time Oracle Cerner focus on fixing their software so our nation’s heroes can receive the care they have earned!”

Key Background:

  • On February 15, Chairman Rosendale held a hearing for the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, exposing the corruption by Oracle Cerner and their attempt to lobby politicians instead of fixing their software.
  • On November 15, 2023, Chairman Rosendale hosted a Technology Modernization Subcommittee hearing titled “Electronic Health Record Modernization Deep Dive: System Uptime.”
  • On April 21, 2023, the VA extended its pause implementing the Oracle Cerner electronic health record (EHR) at additional VA medical centers as a result of Rep. Rosendale’s nonstop efforts on this issue.
  • On March 7, 2023, Chairman Rosendale hosted a Technology Modernization Subcommittee hearing titled “Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture.”
  • On January 31, 2023, Congressman Rosendale introduced the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization Termination Act, which would:
    • Gradually wind down the Oracle Cerner contract by preventing the Secretary from exercising any options on Oracle Cerner’s contract.
    • Abolish the Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office.
    • Transfer remaining activities to the Veterans Health Administration or Office of Information and Technology.
    • Revert all medical centers using the Oracle Cerner EHR to VA’s existing EHR platform: the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture.