VA, DoD Part Ways on EHR Component

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a stop-work order on development of a central element of the  joint electronic health record (EHR) it is building with the Department of Defense (DoD), according to Federal News Radio. The joint EHR application is being developed under a $102.6 million contract with ASM Research.

The project will marry VA’s well-known, open-source VistA EHR system with DoD’s Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), which is closed to developers.  While stopping work on the key component, the VA recently announced it is moving patients’ data into centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Meanwhile, the federal departments have collaborated on the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), an interim step toward the joint record that builds on previous information-sharing efforts, according to InformationWeek. The VA is getting ready to pilot the use of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) with the VLER at 11 VA medical centers. The centers will exchange clinical information with military and private health care providers via the NwHIN.

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