The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee held a hearing in late July, to study progress the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have made to date in developing a shared health-record system. Roughly 198,000 “users” in DoD and VA of a system called the Joint Legacy Viewer, which can provide a real-time look at patient records, Laverne Council, VA’s information-technology chief, told the panel. Nevertheless, Council said the process was ongoing and would not be complete by the October 2018, when that fiscal year ends. “The field of health data is constantly evolving. For the departments to maintain and enhance the interoperability of their electronic health record systems, we must continue our collaboration with [the Defense Department and other agencies],” said Dr. Lauren Thompson, director of the DoD/VA interagency program office responsible for implementing the transition.
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