DoD, VA to Add Sites for Health Data Exchange Pilot; Tim Cromwell Comments

Tim Cromwell

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs plan to expand a pilot program for testing the feasibility of health data exchange between the agencies’ clinicians, Information Week reports.

Ken Terry writes the departments are also testing the virtual lifetime electronic record to examine the exchange of veteran health data records within the private sector.

Tim Cromwell, VLER program manager or the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office, told Terry the departments have not yet determined which sites will be added.

Eleven sites currently are enrolled in the VLER pilot, Terry reports.

Cromwell also told Information Week the program office will choose the additional sites based on each local health information exchange’s success and how they can increase use of the VLER by veterans.

According to Information Week, 56,000 veterans have signed off on using their personal health information in the eHealth Exchange program and 5,000 data exchanges have happened between private sector and public clinicians.

The VA and DoD are also working on a plug-and-play technology for health information exchanges, Terry reports.

VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker previewed the expansion of information exchanges in August, saying nearly 38,000 veterans were signed up at the time for information sharing pilot programs.

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