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Delay continues for Washington health records project

July 8, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say they don’t know when a delayed project to bring electronic health records to facilities overseen by the state Department of Social and Health Services will be completed.

The News Tribune reported last week that nearly $22 million has been spent on the project to implement an electronic records system at state hospitals and other facilities.

The state’s contract with Missouri-based Cerner Corp. was amended in 2014 to extend the project deadline to October 2015.

The contract was changed again to set up project phases, creating a September 2017 deadline for all project items.

Assistant department secretary Sean Murphy says the project was delayed, citing the age of several buildings and the “complexity of the installation.”

Cerner officials didn’t respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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