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DOD, VA Announce Joint Health Record Milestone

Cheryl Pellerin and Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. | US Department of Defense | May 21, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced a milestone in their effort to combine their health records in what will become the world’s largest electronic system by 2017, the secretaries of both departments announced here today.

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DoD, VA, and Federal Healthcare Leaders to Discuss iEHR Progression and Important Strategies for Successful Data Sharing and Interoperability

Press Release | Defense Strategies Institute | March 22, 2012

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) brought together senior leadership in October 2011 to look at the iEHR architectural roadmap that was released last spring, and now they are answering the call of “How to achieve success across domain data sharing and the iEHR while working towards clinically relevant, technically feasible, and financially viable innovations.”  Read More »

HIMSS12: VA, DoD 'A Force That Can Move Markets'

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 21, 2012

The closest thing to a stampede at HIMSS12 occurred as soon as they opened the doors for the joint DoD/VA iEHR panel discussion – as people poured in faster than previous session attendees could swim upstream and out of the room. Even the conference officials furiously adding new rows of chairs couldn’t accommodate the crowd.

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Integrated VA-DoD Health Record at Least Five Years Away

Tom Philpott | JDNews.com | July 27, 2012

House committees on armed services and veterans affairs held a joint hearing Wednesday to review details of President Obama’s plan to improve the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for separating and retiring military members, with a kind of five-to-seven-day “reverse boot camp” available by late 2013 to smooth transition to civilian life and employment... Read More »

N.Y. Health Info Exchange Partners with VA

Joseph Conn | ModernHealthcare.com | August 1, 2012

The Buffalo, N.Y.-based HealtheLink regional health information exchange organization has linked up with the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System to facilitate interoperability of patient medical records between private-sector providers and the VA. Read More »

Q&A: On driving common governance between the DoD and VA

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 6, 2011

Doug Felton is the manager of enterprise architecture for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs – a role that gives him insight into inter-organizational space, otherwise known as IOS. At the GHIT 2011 show on June 14-15 in Washington D.C., Felton will lead a session in which he'll share some insights about common governance between the two agencies, mediating engineering process Read More »

Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki at the James Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Press Release | U.S. Department of Defense | May 21, 2012

Secretary Panetta and I have committed to a single common joint integrated electronic health record -- each of those words means something -- one that is open in architecture and nonproprietary in design to expand information sharing, eliminate gaps between our two robust health care systems. This is key to seamlessness, critical to enhancing quality of health care and essential to controlling costs.

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Telemedicine Pilot Could Be National Model for Diabetes Management

Sara Jackson | Fierce Mobile Healthcare | September 2, 2011

HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's regional health information organization (RHIO), and a designated Beacon Community for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is testing out telemedicine for diabetic management in an initiative that could become "a model for the nation," Beacon project director Todd Norris told Healthcare IT News. Read More »

Test centers for new DoD-VA health records system to open by Oct. 1

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | June 22, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will use existing DoD facilities in Richmond, Va., and on Hawaii’s island of Maui to develop and test components of a new $4 billion integrated electronic health record (iEHR) system. The centers, to be opened at DoD’s joint information technology centers there by Oct. 1, are a key step in the departments’ effort to make active-duty military members’ electronic health records accessible to VA doctors, and to have vets’ records accessible to VA and other health care providers. Read More »

VA Western New York Healthcare System Unveils Electronic Medical Record Initiative to Benefit Veteran Patients

Press Release | HEALTHeLINK, VA Western New York Healthcare System | July 31, 2012

Western New York is one of 13 communities in the United States selected by VA to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Communities Program. Participating physicians from VA, private practices and hospitals across Western New York will be able to access critical health information for their Veteran patients through HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange. Read More »

VA, DoD Discusses Steps Toward iEHR, VLER

Bernie Monegain | Government Health IT | February 29, 2012

When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki met at the Pentagon earlier this week, EHRs was one of the topics on the table. The meeting on Monday was one in a series the two secretaries have held on issues of common interest to both Departments. Read More »

Veterans to Be Connected Electronically to Doctors They Choose for Medical Records

Deborah Hirsch | HealthTechZone.com | August 1, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new partnership to use health information exchange technology to improve the quality of care and delivery of medical treatment to local veterans, especially those returning from recent conflicts. Read More »