VERONA- Epic Systems, a healthcare technology company based in Verona, will maintain its current contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. David Shulkin, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced on Monday that two of Epic’s competitor’s, Cerner Corp. and Leidos, won a contract to provide electronic health record services. This announcement did not mention whether or not the current deal with Epic would be maintained, but later clarification from a VA spokesman clarified that Epic would keep its contract.

Judy Newman at the Wisconsin State Journal reports:

A contract between Epic Systems Corp. and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — worth more than $600 million — will remain in force even though the VA has chosen a competitor to provide other electronic health record services.

Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin said Monday that his agency will use the same technology as the Department of Defense, a system known as MHS Genesis, being developed by Cerner Corp. and Leidos.

Cerner and Leidos had beaten out a team of Epic and IBM in 2015 for that hotly contested Defense Department contract, which is worth $4.3 billion over 10 years.

Epic was not a contender for providing the main electronic health records (EHR) for the VA, announced Monday. The VA had also considered updating its own internally developed records system, known as Vista, and did not seek outside bids.

But Epic won a separate contract in 2015 to produce an online medical appointment scheduling program for veterans, worth $624 million over five years.

Read more at the Wisconsin State Journal.

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