The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently signed a joint statement pledging that they will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR) system that will allow both agencies to share patient data.
“It remains a shared vision and mission to provide users with the best possible patient-centered EHR solution and related platforms in support of the lifetime care of our Service members, Veterans, and their families,” written in the released signed by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert L. Wilkie.
According to the release, the two departments will institute an optimal organizational design that aims to continue advancing unity, synergy, and efficiencies. Working together, the release states that both departments will develop a more efficient overall construct and plan of execution that includes:
- An accountability mechanism that facilitates coordinated decision making and oversight;
- An organizational structure that supports the delivery of a single, seamlessly integrated EHR that maximizes commercial health record inoperability;
- Optimally coordinated clinical and business workflows, operations, data management, and technology solutions;
- A detailed implementation timeline
The press release notes that this electronic health record modernization will use their best resources to reach their goals and objectives.
“We cannot think of a more vital mission than caring for the men and women who faithfully serve, and have served our country,” written in the press release.