Why still no VA-DoD joint health record system?

Thursday - 2/3/2011, 2:40pm EST

The Defense Department and Veterans Affairs still are a long way from the development of a joint electronic health record system.

That's one of the conclusions made in a new Government Accountability Office report. Furthermore, GAO says neither department has any particular plans, goals, or timeframes for creating a system.

In his blog, GovExec's Bob Brewin calls the report a sad tale that goes on for 78 pages. He points out - Congress has been pushing for a joint health record system for more than a decade.

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

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