On Wednesday, the House voted 416-1 to pass a two-year appropriations bill (HR 4486) that would withhold 75% of the Department of Veterans Affairs' requested funding for electronic health record system upgrades until it shows progress on EHR interoperability with the Department of Defense, FCW reports (Mazmanian, FCW, 4/30).
Background on VA-DOD EHR EffortsIn February 2013, DOD and VA officials announced plans to halt a joint integrated EHR, or iEHR system, and instead focus on making their current EHR systems more interoperable.
The iEHR project was aimed at allowing every service member to maintain a single EHR throughout his or her career and lifetime.
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