FedScoop: VA expands health information exchange to 15,000 more facilities

“The information exchange created as part of the modernization program for the health records of military personnel and veterans added 15,000 more hospitals and clinics to its system in October.”

“The additions reported by the Joint Health Information Exchange deepen the government’s links to private health care providers, a process that is a major part of the modernization push for government electronic health records (EHRs).”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and the Coast Guard, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, are the primary participants of the exchange’s expanded private sector connections. The exchange is one of the systems that will eventually be a part of the cloud-based platform being built for the VA and DOD by Cerner for a common EHR across government.”

“The overarching goal is to have a platform that follows people while they serve and after they leave. The new hospitals and clinics now linked into the Joint HEI are members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, a system of health care centers, IT providers and government agencies that share data. All 15,000 alliance members can now share data on the exchange, according to a news release.”

“The 15,000 new medical centers join 46,000 partners added in April, including pharmacies and other health care facilities. The new members were an expected addition…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA expands health information exchange to 15000 more facilities – By Jackson Barnett, October 14, 2020. FedScoop.

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