DoD and VA Vow to Co­or­di­nate EHRs

Agen­cies com­mit to pur­sue a ‘sin­gle, seam­lessly in­te­grated elec­tronic health record.’

Health Data Management - - CONTENTS - BY GREG SLA­BOD­KIN

The two agen­cies have com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing an in­te­grated elec­tronic health record that will be in­ter­op­er­a­ble with their net­works of health­care providers.

The De­part­ment of De­fense and De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs have pledged to align their agen­cies’ re­spec­tive plans to cre­ate a com­mon Cerner elec­tronic health record sys­tem.

De­fense Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis and VA Sec­re­tary Robert Wilkie have signed a joint state­ment com­mit­ting to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a “sin­gle, seam­lessly in­te­grated elec­tronic health record that will ac­cu­rately and ef­fi­ciently share health data be­tween our two agen­cies and en­sure health record in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with our net­works of sup­port­ing com­mu­nity health­care providers.”

The pledge comes on the heels of crit­i­cism from Con­gress that while the VA’s planned EHR ac­qui­si­tion calls for align­ing the de­ploy­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of its Cerner sys­tem with DoD’s on­go­ing roll­out of its own sys­tem—called MHS GE­N­E­SIS—the two agen­cies must do a bet­ter job of co­or­di­nat­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure in­ter­op­er­a­ble sys­tems.

“The im­por­tance, mag­ni­tude, and over­all fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment of our EHR mod­ern­iza­tion ef­forts de­mand the align­ment of plans, strate­gies, and struc­ture across the two de­part­ments,” ac­cord­ing to the joint state­ment signed by Mat­tis and Wilkie. “To this end, the DoD and VA will in­sti­tute an op­ti­mal or­ga­ni­za­tional de­sign that pri­or­i­tizes ac­count­abil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness, while con­tin­u­ing to ad­vance unity, syn­ergy, and ef­fi­cien­cies be­tween our two de­part­ments.”

To bet­ter co­or­di­nate their ac­tiv­i­ties, Mat­tis and Wilkie have com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a “more ef­fi­cient over­all con­struct and plan of ex­e­cu­tion” in­clud­ing: an ac­count­abil­ity mech­a­nism that fa­cil­i­tates co­or­di­nated de­ci­sion mak­ing and over­sight; an or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture that sup­ports de­liv­ery of a sin­gle, seam­lessly in­te­grated EHR that max­i­mizes com­mer­cial health record in­ter­op­er­abil­ity; and op­ti­mally co­or­di­nated clin­i­cal and busi­ness work­flows, op­er­a­tions, data man­age­ment and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions. □

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