VA to Use Same Electronic Health Care Record System as DoD
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin recently announced that the VA will dramatically reform his agency’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) system by replacing the old antiquated system with same system used by the Department of Defense. This change is a shift from the VA’s previous plan to develop its own digital records system. The system would bring the agencies closer to being able to share veterans’ health information. This would solve a problem that has plagued both departments for decades. “The health and safety of our veterans is one of our highest national priorities.” Shulkin said “Having a veteran’s complete and accurate health record in a single common EHR system is critical to that care, and to improving patient safety.” Secretary Shulkin claims the electronic records system has a high level of cyber-security.
FRA has long sought to ensure adequate funding for DoD and VA health care resource sharing. It would deliver seamless, cost effective, quality services to personnel wounded in combat as well as veterans and their families. In Capitol Hill testimony, FRA has repeatedly called for increased oversight to motivate both agencies to make progress on this issue.