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Is the DoD dept of defense and VA veterans affairs going to

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Is the DoD dept of defense and VA veterans affairs going to combine their electronic health care records as one interface?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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This very topic was covered by XXXXX XXXXX and the Daily Show last night. Very sad to see that both departments have systems that do not talk to each other. One branch of the government used a much better system than the other as reported on the show last night.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jon-stewart-obama-va-backlog-republicans-daily-show-march-27-2013-3

Reported just last month (February 28, 2013) issue of Stars & Stripes,
the two agencies are supposed to share a common records system by 2017. The DOD has not committed to use the VA version of VISTA and is considering other options.

The detailed story is listed here:

http://www.stripes.com/pentagon-va-still-divided-on-system-for-seamless-medical-records-1.210026
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you! It seems as if this has been going on for a long time, since the 90's. So is this application mainly for VA doctors to see what DoD doctors see as well as DoD doctors see what VA doctors see on the same screen?

Expert:  Michael replied 1 year ago.
From a report from last year in Federal Computer Week, the joint system will have four layers.

http://fcw.com/articles/2012/05/23/va-dod-joint-record.aspx?m=1

The future combined system would do away with paper records so both departments can read the entire record of a patient. Everything from pharmacy to immunization records.

The GAO put together quite the detailed report on this matter. Spent part of the evening reading this and find it hard to believe that they cannot get this straightened out:

http://www.gao.gov/assets/320/315525.html

Since it still has yet to happen, some quick changes then may start at first:

http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/va-dod-nix-plan-joint-ehr-concentrate-interoperability
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