VA, Kaiser Permanente launch e-health records exchange

Lucas Mearian reports:

In a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, health-care network giant Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today unveiled a pilot program they’ve been using to share patient electronic health records over the past several months.

The program connects the VA’s VistA (Veterans Affairs Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) and Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect electronic health records systems. VA beneficiaries and Kaiser Permanente members in the San Diego area were the first to be offered the opportunity to sign up for the pilot. The VA is the nation’s largest integrated health care system, serving 5.4 million veterans out of 7 million eligible current and former service members.

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  1. Anonymous - January 7, 2010

    Federal funding may be encouraging a move toward EHR, but there’s more to it than just installing systems. How can healthcare data pooling lead to a better system? More at

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