At a media roundtable last month, military officials demonstrated a viewer they say provides an integrated view of electronic health record data that can be shared between the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs. However, Rep. William Hurd (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, says the read-only viewer falls far short in achieving truly interoperable DOD-VA EHRs. 

“The Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) is not true interoperability,” argues Hurd, who likens the technology to using read-only microfiche that is not interactive. “Being able to see data is not the same as being able to manipulate it for the benefit of the patient.”

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