2020 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Delay Electronic Health Records System

Item 302 #3s

Item 302 #3s

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health FY2021 ($6,761,531) FY2022 ($8,320,216) GF

Page 285, line 18, strike "$289,713,047" and insert "$282,951,516".
Page 285, line 18, strike "$291,021,732" and insert "$282,701,516".

Page 285, after line 38, insert:

"Out of this appropriation, $250,000 the first year from the general shall be provided for the Virginia Department of Health to contract with a vendor that has expertise to assist the department in evaluating electronic health records systems to determine the best approach for the Commonwealth.  The vendor shall be directed to develop detailed costs estimates.  The results and recommendations of the vendor shall be presented at a meeting of the electronic health records workgroup created pursuant to Paragraph C of Item 291 of this Act, by no later than November 1, 2020."


(This amendment eliminates $6.8 million the first year and $8.3 million the second year from the general provided in the introduced budget for the implementation of electronic health records for the Virginia Department of Health and local health departments. The local health department system is large and complex and the type of solution needed requires further analysis and consideration. This amendment provides $250,000 from the general fund the first year to hire a contractor with expertise to provider the detailed analysis and recommendations needed to proceed with implementation, including more refined costs estimates. In addition, the results will be reported to the Electronic Health Records workgroup established in Item 291 under the Secretary of Health and Human Resources.)