Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has told Senate lawmakers the agency will go ahead in developing an integrated electronic health record system with the Defense Department.
During testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Shinseki said the VA will need $344 million in fiscal year 2014 funds for iEHR, including $252 million to develop the system under the joint VA-DoD Interagency Program Office, FCW reports.
Amber Corrin writes the VA requested$153 billion total fiscal 2014, including $3.7 billion to digitize and integrate healthcare records.
Pentagon officials are reviewing DoD’s approach to the iEHR, including which platform the department will use as the system’s core.
Shinseki told the committee the VA chose VISTA as the system’s core and is aiming for initial operating capability by 2014, followed by full operational capability in 2017, according to FCW.