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VA, DoD to expand health information exchanges

Federal Times, August 31, 2012

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are ready to expand 16 pilot programs and offer veterans' health information exchanges nationwide. The new exchanges will build on the success of the pilots, where VA and DoD physicians in Indianapolis, Richmond, Va., San Diego and other cities share veterans’ health data with each other and the private sector. The move is a major step toward fulfilling an administration initiative called the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which requires VA and DoD to provide service members and veterans with seamless health care and online access to their health and other personal data throughout their lifetimes.