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Panetta, Shinseki Move Health Record Integration Date to 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki are moving forward the integration of both departments’ electronic health records systems to 2013 from 2014, EHR Intelligence reports.

Jennifer Bresnick writes the two departments expect to have a new timeframe in place later this month, with full deployment of the joint EHR system scheduled for 2017.

The departments are planning an early rollout of joint EHR and pharmacy systems in 2014 at hospitals in San Antonio and Norfolk, Va.

Shinseki said the VA is fielding a new automated system for processing benefits claims and has 18 regional field offices scheduled to have the system at the end of the month, according to Bresnick.

Full deployment will occur in 2013, he said.

According to Nextgov, the joint EHR system will serve more than 7.8 million veterans and 9.7 million military personnel at 59 military hospitals and 152 VA hospitals.

The facilities will have more than 350,000 in combined staff, Bob Brewin writes.

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