Pentagon, VA Keeping Own EHR Systems, Emphasizing Interoperability

Eric Shinseki and Leon Panetta (left to right)
Eric Shinseki and Leon Panetta (left to right)

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are taking a new approach towards integrating their electronic health records systems, Nextgov reports.

Katherine McIntire Peters writes the departments will acquire technologies aimed at making their systems more interoperable instead of building a brand new system as previously planned.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said seven joint rehabilitation centers will field test a common interface and two more sites will test the system afterward, the report said.

He also said those facilities will be interoperable by the end of July 2013, according to the report.

Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki also set a May deadline for the departments to have patient records available for download in the Blue Button system and a September deadline to have a common authoritative source for health data, according to Nextgov.

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