EHR Intelligence: VA Taps Interoperability Platform for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

“The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is leveraging its Veterans Data Integration and Federation Enterprise Platform (VDIF EP) to help deploy the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans, VA clinicians, and other VA individuals.”

“Intersystems HealthShare will help identify the 130,000 VA individuals who tested positive for the virus and will have early access to the vaccine.”

“This month, the FDA authorized the deployment of two COVID-19 vaccines, one by Pfizer-BioNTech and one from Moderna, for people across the country.”

“Health IT leaders must analyze accurate patient data to deploy an effective vaccination strategy. Providers must know if a patient has received a vaccination to allow for a coordinated rollout.”

“Thus, accurate patient matching ensures the correct patient will get the correct vaccine and the patient will get two doses. The success of both will rely on providers, public health officials, and pharmacists having access to patient data, including vaccine records from databases.”

“In July, VA launched the VDIF EP platform to promote and increase interoperability for veterans.”

“This platform created one longitudinal patient record by making veteran patient data interoperable across VA and external EHR systems, which has been a goal of the agency for more than a decade.”

“VDIF is connected to 130 separate EHR systems that support 172 VA medical centers and over 1,000 outpatient clinics to accurately identify and subsequently disperse the vaccine to the VA patients and VA clinicians that contracted the coronavirus…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA Taps Interoperability Platform for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment – By Christopher Jason, December 21, 2020. EHR Intelligence.

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