DOD, VA Pressed On Creating Electronic Medical Records

Leo Shane III | Stars and Stripes | July 10, 2013

Lawmakers on Wednesday lamented stagnation in creating lifelong electronic medical records for troops and veterans, decrying a lack of leadership on the issue from the Defense Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the White House.

Officials from both departments said the program is on track, and that seamless sharing of troops’ medical appointments and injury information is within reach.

Lawmakers and bureaucrats have sparred over the medical records issue for months, disagreeing on whether the agencies already have broken promises to create a single system to share the health information.