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Obama: Champion of Interoperability

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 10 2009

Obama has been making big news today for calling for something rather geeky: interoperability between the Defense Department's electronic health records system and the Department of Veterans Affairs' much praised VistA digital records program. A soldier, the thinking goes, shouldn't experience any gap in care or coverage when he or she is transitioning between active duty and veteran's status. Of course, Obama has made a big deal about the potential of electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the America health care system. And a successful DOD-VA EHR bridge would be quite a lovely case study to bolster his approach.