DISA Data Centers to Play Host to VA-DoD Health Records System

Jack Moore | Federal News Radio | March 8, 2012

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which manages several IT functions for the federal government and the military services, will play a key role in the integration of health records between the Veterans Affairs Department and the Defense Department.

VA announced in January plans to to move electronic health records under its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) to DISA's data centers VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the EHR migration to DISA.

"We decided, as we looked at having joint electronic health records with the DoD, that a logical move would be to co-locate the systems — the DoD and the VA systems — in the DISA decks," Baker said. VA's existing push to consolidate its own data centers made moving the VistA system to DISA "a pretty easy and straightforward decision for us," Baker added...