The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has picked Cerner Corp. to develop its electronic health record system, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced Monday.

In selecting Cerner for its EHR system, the VA leaves behind its home-grown VistA EHR, a move that’s been on the horizon since Shulkin suggested in March that the department would be moving to a commercial product.

The Defense Department also uses Cerner’s system—called MHS Genesis and based on the Cerner Millennium product—which Shulkin said factored into the award selection.

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“Without improved and consistently implemented national interoperability standards, VA and DoD will continue to face significant challenges if the departments remain on two different systems,” he said in a statement. The VA’s use of a Cerner EHR will ensure “seamless care between the departments,” he said.

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