Epic agreement with VA in limbo?

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs recently secured a deal with Cerner Corp. and Leidos to provide some electronic health records for the country’s veterans, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Cerner and Leidos are competitors of Verona’s Epic Systems.

In 2015 Epic and Systems Made Simple, then a Lockeed Martin subsidiary, secured a contract to develop an online medical appointment scheduling program for vets that was worth $624 million over five years. Systems Made Simple has since been acquired by Leidos.

There is some question now, according to reports, as to where Epic stands in the deal.

Cerner and Leidos beat out a bid from Epic and IBM in 2015 to work with the U.S. Defense Department on a 10-year, $4.3 billion deal, and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin recently said that the same technology — MHS Genesis, developed by Cerner and Leidos — would be used by his agency.