VA, DoD Electronic Health Records Still Aren't Compatible, and Lawmakers Are Angry
By Richard Sisk
1 May 2019
"For 10 years we've heard the same assurances" that the electronic health records problem will be solved," Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, said. "It's incredible that we can't get this fixed."
Maj. Catherine Anderson, chief nurse for the 915th Forward Surgical Team, uses MC4, an electronic healthcare record system developed by the military, at the Medical Treatment Facility at Contingency Operating Base Basra., December 31, 2009. (U.S. Army/Pfc. J.P. Lawrence)Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was grilled by lawmakers Wednesday on the lengthy and costly effort to develop compatible electronic records systems between the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"I don't ever recall being as outraged about an issue than I am about the electronic health record program," Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, told Shanahan at a House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the DoD's proposed fiscal 2020 budget.
She said a hearing last month with DoD and VA health program managers on the progress of meshing the records "was terrible."
"I can't believe that these program managers think that it is acceptable to wait another four years for a program to be implemented when we've spent billions of dollars and worked on it for over a decade," Granger said.
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