Kaiser Permanente will test the exchange of electronic health records between its clinical information systems and those of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser in mid-December will start an initial pilot with the VA in San Diego, using standards developed for the nationwide health information network. The organizations during November are sending joint letters to veterans in the San Diego region to invite them to participate in the testing.

The program will link Kaiser's HealthConnect EHR, primarily from Epic Systems Corp., with the VA's VistaA system. The Department of Defense will join the pilot in early 2010.

--Joseph Goedert

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