Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Should Remove Barriers and Improve Efforts to Meet Their Common System Needs
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The Department of Defense DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA operate two of the nations largest health care systems. To do so, both departments rely on electronic health record systems to create, maintain, and manage patient health information. DOD and VA are currently undertaking initiatives to modernize their respective systems, jointly establish the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record VLER, and develop joint information technology IT capabilities for the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center FHCC. In light of these efforts, GAO was asked to 1 identify any barriers that DOD and VA face in modernizing their electronic health record systems to jointly address their common health care business needs, and 2 identify lessons learned from DODs and VAs efforts to jointly develop VLER and to meet the health care information needs for the FHCC. To do this, GAO analyzed departmental reviews and other documentation and interviewed DOD and VA officials. What GAO Recommends GAO is recommending that DOD and VA take steps to improve their joint strategic planning, enterprise architecture, and IT investment management to address their common health care business needs. GAO is also recommending that the departments strengthen their joint IT system planning efforts for VLER and the FHCC. Commenting on a draft of this report, DOD, VA, and the DODVA Interagency Program Office concurred with GAOs recommendations.
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