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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 408-12
May 21, 2012

Electronic Health Record Milestone

            Today, Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced a milestone in the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) effort: in 2014, initial capabilities of iEHR will be rolled out at two test sites: San Antonio, Texas, and Hampton Roads, Va., where DoD and VA provide medical care to thousands of service members and veterans.  The secretaries are also reaffirming 2017 as the target date for iEHR to replace the two departments’ separate legacy electronic health records systems. 

            In the three years since President Obama announced the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) initiative -- a groundbreaking vision for the future of electronic health data sharing -- the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have taken important steps to expand information sharing and eliminate gaps between health and administrative systems. 

            For more information regarding DoD/VA iEHR collaborative efforts can be found at http://www.defense.gov/news/EHRDoDVAFactSheet.pdf .