Defense and VA to Congress on Health Records: It’s the Data, Not the Software

Frank Kendall speaks to reporterse at a press briefing in the Pentagon

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Frank Kendall speaks to reporterse at a press briefing in the Pentagon

The Pentagon is creating a new office to manage health IT procurements.

Top officials at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments said Wednesday they will create a system to exchange standard clinical health data, which will allow the departments to develop a single, shared electronic health record without the need to build a joint system from scratch. The officials spoke at a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees.

President Obama directed the two departments to develop an integrated electronic health record in April 2009, but the effort foundered earlier this year due to spiraling cost estimates, which had soared to $28 billion, Frank Kendall, Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told lawmakers.

Instead of pursuing an integrated health record, Kendall said Defense and VA will focus on developing and deploying a data management service to give clinicians from both departments access to patient health information viewable through a graphical interface by January 2014.

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