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VA/DOD Healthcare Interoperability Can Be Improved


Citizens Against Government Waste has advocated often for improved healthcare data sharing between the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). The Government Accountability Office has also been pushing for this process to be completed, noting in its February 27, 2014 report that these efforts had been ongoing since 1998. DOD and the VA have spent billions in taxpayer resources trying to develop healthcare systems that are interoperable, so that active military personnel moving over to the VA can get their healthcare information transferred with as little disruption to care as possible.

The most recent effort began in 2017, when the VA decided to adopt the framework being used for the new electronic healthcare record (EHR) system being developed by Cerner for the DOD known as MHS Genesis, and contracted with Cerner for $10 billion over 10 years to build a similar system that would be interoperable with DOD’s EHR. On July 29, 2019, the VA migrated 23.5 million veteran records from its legacy VistA EHR to the new Cerner Millennium EHR. This was a hopeful step forward to finally having an interoperable healthcare system at both departments. To date, DOD and VA have deployed the Cerner Millennium EHR […]

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