Roe Reintroduces Legislation for Integrated Military EHR System | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Roe Reintroduces Legislation for Integrated Military EHR System

March 26, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

On March 24, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) reintroduced legislation that calls for an integrated electronic health record (iEHR) for military members and veterans, with $50 million going to the creator of the system.

In 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) announced they would forgo plans to build a new health records system to be used jointly by the departments and instead pursue less expensive technologies to make their individual systems more interoperable. Initially, DoD and VA expected to fully implement the iEHR system by 2017, but those plans went awry.

Since then, DoD has been accepting bids for its $11 billion mega multi-billion dollar EHR modernization project. Several heavyweights in both the defense contracting and EHR industries are competing to win that bid, with a winner to be decided sometime this year, perhaps as early as spring.

While on the surface it might look like the two projects have conflicting timeframes, Roe’s staff told Politco that DoD is moving forward with a competition, “but they are missing the most important feature of a new EHR system—that it be compatible with the VA system so that service members can have a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life. “The VA has no plans to move away from VistA, its open-source EHR,” the representative noted, adding that "until the VA and DoD can adopt a single platform to work from, there will be interoperability problems,” according to the Politco report.

The winning vendor of the iEHR contract will receive a lump sum of $50 million and the cost of contacting and implementation will be $25 million per year over a period of five years, Roe said. According to Roe, this bill would utilize private American innovation to finally deliver on an iEHR system. This system would enhance the transfer of medical records between the DoD and the VA to help streamline the coordination of care and benefits claims for those that have served, he said. 

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Study will Leverage Connecticut HIE to Help Prevent Suicides

A new study will aim to leverage CTHealthLink, a physician-led health information exchange (HIE) in Connecticut, to help identify the factors leading to suicide and to ultimately help prevent those deaths.

Duke Health First to Achieve HIMSS Stage 7 Rating in Analytics

North Carolina-based Duke Health has become the first U.S. healthcare institution to be awarded the highest honor for analytic capabilities by HIMSS Analytics.

NIH Releases First Dataset from Adolescent Brain Development Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the release of the first dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which will enable scientists to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.