Accession Number:

AD1100215

Title:

Information Technology: Va and DoD Are Making Progress in Sharing Medical Information, but Are Far from Comprehensive Electronic Medical Records

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States

Report Date:

2007-05-08

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The Department of Veterans Affairs VA and the Department of Defense DOD are engaged in ongoing efforts to share medical information, which is important in helping to ensure high-quality health care for active-duty military personnel and veterans. These efforts include a long-term program to develop modernized health information systems based on computable data that is, data in a format that a computer application can act onfor example, to provide alerts to clinicians of drug allergies. In addition, the departments are engaged in near-term initiatives involving existing systems. GAO was asked to testify on the history and current status of these long- and near-term efforts to share health information. To develop this testimony, GAO reviewed its previous work, analyzed documents, and interviewed VA and DOD officials about current status and future plans.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE