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.
A medical record and patient tracking information technology project meant for use in all four military services has increased in total cost by 2,233 percent over a decade, reports the Government Accountability Office.
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.
The website for online enrollment into health insurance plans required by the Affordable Care Act buckled somewhat under the pressure of last-minute shopping by consumers.
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.
Consumers scrambling to meet the March 31 deadline for health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act sent 1.2 million visits to healthcare.gov on Tuesday, federal officials said Wednesday.
The Health and Human Services Department's strategy for advancing health information exchange focuses too much on general principals and not enough on deliverables, says the Government Accountability Office.
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.
The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes $74.7 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a $14 million increase over the current year enacted amount.
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.