Stuck using paper health records after abandoning a $60 million modernization, the U.S. Coast Guard is working to join the massive electronic health record the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are creating.
“We are working through the details to make that happen,” Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer, told a congressional hearing Wednesday, Health Informatics reported.
Legislators and the Government Accountability Office urged the Coast Guard not to attempt to buy another EHR at the hearing before the House Transportation Coast Guard and Maritime subcommittee.
“Why waste money and time to go look for things that exist already, right now?” Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) asked, according to Healthcare IT News.
After canceling the $60 million project in October 2015, the Coast Guard could not return to using previous electronic legacy systems because the technology had been decommissioned, according to GAO.