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House Appropriations Panel Proposes $344M for Joint DoD-VA EHR System

StethescopeonKeyboardThe House Appropriations Committee’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs includes $344 million for the development of the integrated electronic health record system, Nextgov reports.

Bob Brewin writes that the proposed budget is higher than the $252 million the agency requested for fiscal 2014.

Lawmakers also inserted language to restrict the funds only for an open architecture iEHR system for the Pentagon and VA.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told House lawmakers last month he delayed the solicitation for the iEHR system pending a review.

Hagel was expected to have reached a decision about the planned iEHR procurement this week, according to Brewin’s report.

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