Today, electronic health records and health IT offer promise for improving patient safety and reducing inefficiencies. Given its role in providing healthcare in the United States, the federal government has been urged to take a leadership role to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare by promoting health records and health IT.
To that end, the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Veterans Affairs have come a long way in the areas of health IT, inoperability standards and healthcare information sharing. Both continue to work towards improving the exchange of medical information to best serve the country’s active duty service members and veterans. They’re also working with the National Coordinator for Health Information in promoting the adoption of federal standards and broader use of electronic health records.