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New Partnership Allows DOD, VA to More Easily Share Electronic Medical Records

Posted on Apr 23, 2020 07:03 pm

DOD and Department of Veterans Affairs doctors will now be able to more easily share medical records between the agencies and with more than 50,000 outside hospitals, clinics, labs and pharmacies.

The agencies announced the new information-sharing breakthrough earlier this week.

“Now, if someone has testing for COVID-19 in VA this week but then presents new symptoms at a private facility next week, both providers will be able to see all that information in real time,” said Dr. Neil Evans, interim director of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization program office, according to Military Times.

Each department already shared records with outside providers through separate agreements, but the new partnership will make it more efficient.

“Having more health care data allows providers to make better health care decisions,” Evans said.

Navy photo by Jacob Sippel

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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