Veterans

February 6, 2013

DOD, VA to speed integration of health records

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Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Feb. 4, 2013. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care records from one department to the other. This decision will enable record portability by 2014 instead of 2018.

The secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs announced their departments will speed implementation of the Integrated Electronic Health Record program, allowing service members and veterans better access and more importantly, better medical care.

ìThis approach is affordable, achievable, and if we refocus our efforts we believe we can achieve the key goal of a seamless system for health records between VA and DOD on a greatly accelerated schedule,î said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta following a meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki at VA headquarters.

The departments are able to step up the records program because of advances in information technology while working with existing platforms. The original goal was to have the system deployed by 2018. Now the expectation is by the end of next year.

The goal is to provide one set of electronic records from entry into the military through veteran status. The program is designed to allow service members or veterans to download information and present it to doctors or other health care providers without delays.

Previously, service members had to hand carry paper files from DOD facilities to Veterans Affairs.

Once complete, the record program will provide DOD and VA clinicians with the complete medical records of more than 18 million service members, veterans and their beneficiaries.

ìWeíve agreed to improve interoperability before the end of this year by standardizing health care data,î Shinseki said. The two departments will also accelerate the exchange of real-time data by September.

The departments are upgrading the graphical user interface to display the new standardized VA and DOD healthcare date by the end of this year, Shinseki said.

By this summer, DOD and VA will field and begin conducting a pilot program on the common interface for doctors at seven joint rehab centers across the country and weíll also expand its use at two other sites,î Panetta said. ìAll of these facilities will be interoperable by the end of July 2013, so fast time track, but we think we can get it done.

These centers will be in San Antonio, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Calif., Tampa, Fla., Richmond, Va., Anchorage, Alaska, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

ìRather than building a single, integrated system from scratch, we will focus our immediate efforts on integrating VA and DOD health data as quickly as possible by upgrading our existing systems,î Panetta said.




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