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Obama announces Defense, VA lifetime EHR project

By Joe Carlson
Posted: April 9, 2009 - 2:45 pm ET

President Barack Obama announced that the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are working together to create a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record that would streamline the transfer of active-duty military and veterans' health records between the two departments.

The departments will work together to build a system that will include medical and administrative records from throughout service members' military time and into their civilian lives, according to a White House news release.

Obama said access to electronic health records is essential to healthcare delivery, adding that the system will provide a framework to ensure that all healthcare providers have all the information they need to deliver high-quality healthcare while reducing medical errors.

The release also said the military record project would serve as a model EHR system for the nation.

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