Accession Number : AD1014105


Title :   Electronic Health Records: VAs Efforts Raise Concerns about Interoperability Goals and Measures, Duplication with DOD, and Future Plans


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States


Personal Author(s) : Bird,Mark T ; Stavros-Turner,Jennifer ; Eyler,Rebecca ; Glover,Nancy ; Mai,Jacqueline ; Pettis,Scott ; Melvin,Valerie C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1014105.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jul 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 15


Abstract : VA operates one of the nations largest health care systems, serving millions of veterans each year. For almost two decades, the department has undertaken a patchwork of initiatives with DOD to increase interoperability between their respective electronic health record systems. During much of this time, VA has also been planning to modernize its system. While the department has made progress in these efforts, it has also faced significant information technology challenges that contributed to GAOs designation of VA health care as a high risk area.This statement summarizes GAOs August 2015 report (GAO-15-530) on VAs efforts to achieve interoperability with DODs electronic health records system. It also summarizes key content from GAOs reports on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation of federal government programs. Lastly, this statement provides updated information on VAs actions in response to GAOs recommendation calling for an interoperability and electronic health record system plan.


Descriptors :   department of veterans affairs , department of defense , information exchange , interoperability , planning , military medicine , graphical user interface , computer programs , Interagency coordination


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE