Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department shelved plans to jointly develop an integrated EHR system due to cost and schedule challenges, and instead decided to pursue separate efforts to modernize or replace their existing systems. However, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, the VA and DOD "have not substantiated their claims that the current approach will be less expensive and more timely than the single-system approach." 

Ostensibly, VA would modernize its existing Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture system, while DOD would buy a commercially available system to replace its existing Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application system, with the departments ensuring interoperability between the two systems. By September 2014, VA intends to deploy clinical capabilities of its new system at two locations and DOD has set a goal of beginning deployment of its new system by the end of fiscal 2016. 

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