Sinema Questions VA Officials About Electronic Health Record Modernization at Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing

Jul 25, 2022

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Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, emphasized the importance of electronic health records in ensuring veterans receive the quality health care they’ve earned

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials about the implementation of the Electronic Health Records Management system during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing on the same topic. 
“Electronic health record modernization is more than just digitizing paper — it’s a necessary step towards ensuring our brave veterans and servicemembers receive the high-quality care and benefits they’ve earned,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Witnesses at the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing included David Case, Deputy Inspector General at the VA, and Mike Sicilia, Executive Vice President of Oracle Corporation. During the hearing, Sinema questioned the witnesses about the rate of repeat advanced imaging veterans must undergo due to VA clinicians not having digital access to prior images from community partners, and the VA’s plans for integrating this capability into the Electronic Health Record Management system.
In May, Sinema convened a meeting with her Veterans Advisory Council – a group formed to seek feedback from Arizona veterans comprised of members with backgrounds in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines – to discuss how to best support Arizona’s veterans community. During the meeting, Sinema pledged to work with VA leadership and affirmed her commitment to continue working to address challenges facing Arizona servicemembers, veterans, and their families.