VA and Defense Collaborate to Improve Health Care for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has plans to work toward building a fully integrated electronic health record (EHR) with the Department of Defense (DoD). According to an article in Health Care IT News, The VA recently determined to share its information with the DoD so more veterans with disabilities can be able to receive more comprehensive care.

With the VA not sharing information with the DoD, it restricted progression of understanding and treatments for veterans with specific disabilities or conditions. It also created a serious threat for veterans receiving negative drug interactions.

Specifically, it refused to share any records on veterans being treated for:

  • sickle cell anemia;
  • alcoholism or alcohol abuse;
  • drug abuse; and
  • HIV.

By updating the VA’s regulation and removing the restrictive provision, the VA can be able to work in much closer collaboration with the DoD. In the end, it means veterans can now receive better, more informed, and timelier services, treatments, and benefits.

The only way to provide the best possible, and highest quality health care is with all available updated  information and the restrictive provision the VA had in place interfered with the ultimate goal of EHRs, and served as an impediment, according to VA Sec. Eric Shinseki.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.