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Roe Reintroduces Electronic Health Records Legislation to Help Veterans, Military

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Washington, March 24, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) reintroduced the Integrated Electronic Health Records for Military and Veterans Act, legislation to create a public-private partnership for development of an integrated electronic health record system for our military and veterans.

This bill would utilize private American innovation to finally deliver on an integrated electronic health records (iEHR) system. This system would enhance the transfer of medical records between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help streamline the coordination of care and benefits claims for those that have served.  

Roe released the following statement on the bill:    

“Men and women that serve this country, both past and present, deserve a seamless transition back to civilian life when their service is over. In fiscal year 2014, the VA completed more than 1.3 million claims. Unfortunately, it appears the VA is still not on track to keep their promise to completely eliminate the backlog in claims in 2015. This has gone on for far too long. My legislation would improve communication between the DoD and VA to forever remedy this backlog and ensure our military and veterans receive the world class care they deserve. We’ve made a promise to these men and women and it’s time we deliver. My bill will start this process.”

Background: The Integrated Electronic Health Records for Military and Veterans Act would establish a competition for non-governmental, American-based entities to develop an iEHR for use by the DoD and VA. The bill would create a temporary panel, chosen by the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to develop criteria for an ideal iEHR. The panel will have 90 days to establish these criteria. The winner of the contract will receive a lump sum of $50 million and the cost of contacting and implementation will be $25 million per year over a period of five years. The DoD and VA have already spent more than $1 billion in their efforts to develop this system, meaning the savings potential for this legislation is substantial. 
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