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Sorry VistA, DoD's health record won't be open source

The Defense Department's next electronic health record will not be based on the open source architecture that supports the Veterans Affairs Department's EHR.

The president's 2016 budget request: Veterans Affairs Department

VA's Office of Information and Technology, or OI&T, requests a total budget authority of $4.13 billion in fiscal 2016 – $231 million more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $430 million more than the fiscal 2014 budget.

VistA marketing ramps up in advance of DoD EHR award

A marketing campaign aimed at raising the profile of the Veterans Affairs Department's open source electronic health record is in full swing. The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, now has a website, Twitter account and LinkedIn group- just as the Defense Department considers a VistA proposal for its new EHR.

DoD EHR 'substantially' defined in latest draft RFP

After several draft versions, a request for proposal for the Defense Department's highly-anticipated electronic health record is taking shape. Draft solicitations for the DoD's Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, have been updated several times since DoD  issued its first acquisition draft document  in January.

DoD and VA will achieve EHR interoperability, says Miller

Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.

House appropriators propose $3.87B for VA IT spending

House appropriators propose a $3.87 billion budget for information and technology systems at the Veterans Affairs Department. That amount, released April 2 in a draft (pdf) of the fiscal 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, includes $344 million for the department's electronic health record. 

Re-scoped iEHR falling behind schedule, says GAO

The department of Defense and Veterans Affairs continue to pursue a project known as the iEHR, which is falling behind schedule, finds the Government Accountability Office.

VistA could still become DoD EHR

The Defense Department may select the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic health record system when it procures its EHR, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said at a House hearing March 13. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "assured me we're going to be in the competition, and so my work for the next two years is just to get us as competitive as anybody else," Shinseki  told  the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

2015 Budget Request: Veterans Affairs OI&T

The White House fiscal 2015 budget request designates $3.9 billion for the Office of Information and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department. In nominal terms, that's a $2 billion increased from the estimated current year amount of $3.7 billion.  

Two EHRs not necessarily cheaper than one, says GAO

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs lack credibility when they say their separate pursuit of electronic health record systems modernization is cheaper than a single EHR would have been, says the Government Accountability Office. A Feb. 27  report  from the legislative watchdog also shows how promises of close cooperation in health IT the two departments made during the  termination  of a program to develop a joint system have been significantly undermined.