The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Dr. David Massaro as the “functional champion” and acting senior medical advisor for the agency’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.

Dr. Massaro began his new role on August 1, where he serves as the clinical executive representing the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He works with the VA offices to coordinate the development and implementation of the new EHRM program.

“Dr. Massaro was selected due to his commitment to deploying an electronic health record that enables VHA to function as a High Reliability Organization and Learning Health System that places the veteran first,” VA said.

“He is committed to ensuring every member of VA’s workforce using the new EHR is supported during this transformation, and that every veteran and transitioning service member has access to safe, timely, and high-quality care across their entire health care experience,” the agency added.

Most recently, Dr. Massaro served as the acting chief of clinical informatics operations within the VHA’s Office of Health Informatics; acting chief health informatics officer for the Office of Community Care; and acting member of the Office of Integrated Veteran Care Executive Leadership Team.

In July, the VA announced it would delay the rollout of its EHRM program at another deployment site as it waits on Oracle-Cerner to address system stability issues.

Terry Adirim, program executive director of the EHRM Integration Office at VA, said the agency wants to give Oracle-Cerner “more time to address those issues before going to the larger medical centers.”

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