VA and DoD IT: Electronic Health Records Interoperability

Hearing Date: October 27, 2015 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


• To examine the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) information technology with an emphasis on the departments’ efforts to develop and implement an interoperable electronic health record (EHR).


• The 2008 NDAA directed DOD and VA to jointly develop and implement a “fully interoperable” EHR, creating an Interagency Program Office to facilitate and coordinate the Departments’ efforts.
• In July, DOD awarded a $4.3 billion contract to upgrade the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, while the VA continues to modernize and evolve its open-source platform, the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture.
• The EHR program has been listed on the GAO’s high risk list for 2015.
• Additionally, recent inspectors general audits of both departments’ Federal Information Security Management Act compliance identified weaknesses and deficiencies in cybersecurity.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. LaVerne Council Assistant Secretary for Information Technology, Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Document
Mr. Christopher A. Miller Program Executive Officer Defense Healthcare Management Systems, U.S. Department of Defense Document
Mr. David DeVries Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Defense Document
Ms. Valarie C. Melvin Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office Document

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