An audit from the General Accounting Office concludes that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not making a lot of progress on their latest plan to modernize electronic health records systems, including provisions for interoperability.

DOD and VA in February 2011 announced they would jointly develop an EHR, and then scrapped the plan two years later in favor of separate but tightly integrated EHRs, saying that option would be quicker and cheaper. But congressional authorizations for fiscal year 2013 EHR development carried conditions and the agencies haven’t met many of them.

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