The range of health issues facing America's veterans is both wide and ever-evolving. The American Legion recognizes this and provides valuable health-care information on a variety of conditions, as well as regularly updated information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Department of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki have 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 servicemembers 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 –DoD and VCA 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 here.