By 2017, the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments plan to share electronic health records while modernizing their own respective EHR systems. In its fiscal year 2015 budget, the VA has requested $269 million to modernize its VistA EHR system and to integrate health data with DoD.

“In the near-term, we are working to create seamless integration of DoD, VA, and private provider health data,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified last week before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “In the mid-term, we are working to modernize the software supporting DoD and VA clinicians. Together, these two goals will help to create an environment in which clinicians and patients from both Departments are able to share current and future healthcare information for continuity of care and improved treatment.”

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