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    Veterans Protest to End Controversial Electronic Health Record System

    Veterans Protest to End Controversial Electronic Health Record System

    Charlie Bourg and Charlie Monroe were both back outside the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Medical Center on Tuesday morning, continuing a protest that began years ago outside the aging medical facility in northwest Spokane.

    Their target was familiar: the electronic medical records system that has been linked to the deaths of four known patients nationwide. This week, the pair of servicemen worked with about a half dozen other volunteers requesting signatures on a petition to remove the records system from all Veterans Administration health care providers nationwide.

    “It needs to be taken out. It needs to be done right,” said Bourg, an veteran who says the progression of his terminal cancer was caused by the records system that federal lawmakers have called “an ongoing disaster.” Yet the VA has stopped at halting the program's rollout, not removing it from the health centers where it's already been implemented. That includes Spokane, where the system — originally designed by health care giant Cerner, which was acquired by Oracle last year — debuted in 2020.

    Late last month, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers called for the VA to abandon the beleaguered system, announcing her support of federal legislation that would do so. The bill was first introduced in January but has yet to receive a hearing on Capitol Hill, and the system remains online in Walla Walla, and in cities in Ohio and Oregon.

    Bourg and Monroe, a…

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