Barclay Butler, a former Army Medical Department CIO and executive at Harris Corp., will lead an effort by the U.S. Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to update and connect the agencies' electronic health-record systems.
VA, Defense Department name leader of EHR effort
According to a Defense Department memo (PDF), Butler will serve as "the single point of accountability" for two major EHR initiatives as director of the VA's and the Defense Department's Interagency Program Office. He will oversee development of the integrated electronic health record, or iEHR, which aims to create joint, interoperable record-keeping systems at the two departments, and the virtual lifetime electronic record, or VLER; a proposed longitudinal patient record for armed-services personnel and their family members as they move between the military and veterans health systems. The systems will "allow for full interoperability of electronic health record information between the DoD and the VA," the Defense Department said in the memo. The appointment was effective Monday, it said.
Butler previously was president of programs for Harris Healthcare Solutions (PDF), part of Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp., a defense and intelligence agency contractor that also provides health IT services to the military and the private sector, including several state health information exchange organizations.
Butler also is a retired U.S. Army colonel and served as the CIO of the U.S. Army Medical Department, according to a biography on Harris' website.
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