An appropriations bill passed by the House Wednesday requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide updates on how it intends to make its electronic health record system interoperable with that of the Defense Department, FCW reported Wednesday.
Adam Mazmanian writes the VA is required to prepare a detailed report on the progress of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture system modernization plan under the two-year appropriations bill.
The House voted 416-1 Wednesday to approve more than $3.8 billion in information technology funding and nearly $550 million for systems upgrade work, according to the report.
The VA will receive the full funding after the agency completes the guidelines on VistA’s cost estimates, testing plans and an interoperability scheme with the in-progress DoD EHR system, FCW reports.
Mazmanian writes the agency has sought ideas for modernizing the healthcare record system through a public competition.