Health IT Inefficiencies Hinder Coordination For DOD, VA, Audit Finds

Staff Writer | iHealthBeat | October 2, 2012

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are facing several barriers -- such as inefficiencies in health IT projects -- that are hindering their efforts to effectively coordinate care, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office, Government Health IT reports (Brino, Government Health IT, 10/1).

Report Details

The audit examined how effectively DOD and VA work together at locations where the two departments deliver care jointly. The auditors identified four areas that require improvement:

  • Use of health IT systems to collect, store and process information;
  • Business and administrative processes;
  • Military base access; and
  • Medical facility construction (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 9/29)...