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Veterans Electronic Health Records Initiative Delayed to 2017

Monday, July 30th, 2012

While the secretaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense were praised for their departments’ improvements to veteran services, according to Stars and Stripes, some areas remained under scrutiny.

The plan to improve the Transition Assistance Program was praised as the secretaries detailed the current progress and long term impact. However, those in attendance were quick to point out several older initiatives designed to help disabled and aging veterans that have not shown much recent progress.

One of the main focuses was on the progress of transitioning veterans’ medical files from physical documents to an electronic health records. This process is a key component to realizing the promised Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record which would follow a service member from enlistment through their veteran years.

Committee members were told that the full integration of health records between the two departments was not expected to be completed until 2017. The departments have been working for 10 years toward developing the electronic system, and with final agreements in place they are working on moving forward with preliminary transition tests.

Electronic health records are still a while away for many veterans, meaning obtaining medical evidence of a disabling condition related to military service can still be difficult for a disabled veteran working alone. A veterans’ disability attorney can help ease some of the burden of filing a veterans’ disability claim.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today  1-888-234-5758.

Senate Committee Wants Plan For Electronic Health Records

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been separately building electronic health record (EHR) systems for active-duty soldiers and veterans. These records are designed to follow soldiers from their first day in the military, through their service, and into the VA in their post-military lives. Now the Senate Appropriations Committee wants the two agencies to provide details on just how these EHRs are going to be developed.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is pushing to have the EHR program include some sort of plan to have both agencies bring their respective EHR systems together. The committee wants the DoD and the VA to form a plan that would service both departments  to reduce total costs.

The DoD and the VA have comparable systems. The committee showed concern for the fact that neither agency has shown any indication of how they are going to work together to satisfy their shared system requirements. The two departments share 1,800 EHR system requirements. Of those, 97% of them are comparable and only 3% are department-specific.

The committee simply does not see the need for two independent EHR systems when they have so many requirements in common. The Committee ordered both departments to submit a joint strategic plan utilizing common requirements.

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