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Gov’t May Appoint Leader to Oversee DoD-VA Electronic Health Record; James Byrne Quoted

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs seek to establish a single position of authority to oversee all activities regarding an electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday.

James Byrne, acting deputy secretary at VA, said at a senate appropriations hearing the VA  is looking to have just one arbitrator make decisions on the health record when there are disagreements between the two departments. Currently, a joint executive council consisting of members from both departments oversees the electronic health record system.

The council is set to recommend potential leader candidates before the end of February. The consideration for the new position comes as VA and DoD leaders near the completion of a governance plan for new projects.

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