The Department of Defense has informed Congress that it has met electronic health record interoperability requirements called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. But the bar for interoperability—a viewer that provides a summary of care—remains low.

The FY 2014 NDAA required that all data in DOD’s Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application system be shared in compliance with existing national standards. According to a Nov. 16 letter to congressional committees from Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, the military has mapped all 21 domains requiring national standard terminologies, representing nearly 1.8 million unique clinical terms.

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