Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report

Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report
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A military-Veterans Affairs health initiative supported by White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOn The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger NY to investigate allegations of tenant harassment by Kushner Cos. Tenants in Kushner Cos. building say they were pushed out: report MORE received a harsh assessment from the Pentagon, according to a recent Politico report.

The news outlet, which acquired the report, said the Pentagon’s assessment found that a software program known as MHS Genesis is “neither operationally effective, nor operationally suitable.” 

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“The end result everyone is familiar with — years and years of delays and many billions spent trying to fix the mess,” an individual testing the program told the news outlet.

The Pentagon’s review found 156 “severe” or “critical” incident reports that could cause patients to die, according to Politico, which added that the assessment could also impact a contract Veterans Affairs awarded to Cerner Corp.

The White House pointed out to Politico that Kushner, who is also President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE’s son-in-law, was not part of the contract. But the news outlet noted Kushner suggested that Veterans Affairs select Cerner for the contract.

The Pentagon’s report also determined that it may not be feasible to implement the software into the military’s health care network.

“You’ll continue to hear that they just made significant updates to the system, and that no one is saying to pull the plug on the program,” the tester told Politico. “If [Department of Defense] members, including all the health care professionals at those sites were actually able to freely speak, you would hear most of them calling for something else.”