DOD's EHR Failure Due to Poor Planning, Says GAO

Shortcomings in the Department of Defense's failed 13-year, $2 billion transition to electronic health records were largely due to poor planning and execution, and a failure to appreciate the "significant complexity" of the program, the Government Accountability Office says.

2 comments on "DOD's EHR Failure Due to Poor Planning, Says GAO"
John Flowers (3/29/2011 at 5:00 PM)

To call AHLTA a failure is a pretty gross exaggeration. Of course there have been mistakes and shortcomings, but the system is not a failure. It is fielded world-wide and in use every day. Of course there is lots of room for improvement, but the system is being used to document over 160,000 provider-patient encounters every day. Of course there are lots of information processing failures in government and industry[INVALID]they involve systems that are never completed, never fielded, and/or never put into "live" use. That is simply not the case with the AHLTA system.
J. Kuriyan (10/12/2010 at 3:10 PM)

A similar upgrade to the Veteran's administration was also abandoned after several hundred million dollars in expenditures. In the Veteran's case several Big accounting firms guided them over the cliff. I wonder which ones did the DOD in? Does anyone keep track of these "failed" consulting companies or are we just going to chalk it up to "poor planning and execution" by unknown people? $2 billion is not chump change.


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