special report

Defense, Veterans Affairs and iEHR

The Interagency Electronic Health Record (iEHR) is a system for Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department to work together on health records.

Pentagon Pegs Cost of New Electronic Health Record at $1.5 Billion

March 14 Defense also plans new medical information exchange to share data with VA.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

VA Is Competing for the Pentagon’s Electronic Health Record Contract

March 13 Shinseki will go up against commercial bidders.

Defense Launches New Health Record Procurement

January 30 Officials plan to deploy the EHR, which ultimately will serve 9.6 million beneficiaries and 70,000 clinicians, starting in late 2016.

VA Kicks Off Contracting for New Electronic Health Records System

January 28 VHA seeks industry coordinators to help manage project.

Gates Tells Jon Stewart He 'Failed' on Joint Health Record

January 16 Could not overcome turf wars, the former Defense secretary says.

Pentagon Kicks Off Procurement to Maintain Current Health Record Until 2018

January 2 Contract will cover sustainment and incremental improvements.

Navy to VA: We Printed Out Health Records and Mailed Them

December 19, 2013 The convoluted effort to transfer records between the departments contributes to the VA claims backlog.

Congress to Defense and VA: Give Us a Plan for Integrating Health Records by February

December 12, 2013 Defense authorization bill calls for a single or interoperable electronic health record for the two departments.

Defunct Defense-VA Health Record Office Spent Bulk of Budget on Support Contracts

November 22, 2013 Contractor employees outnumbered Defense and VA staff.

Pentagon’s Electronic Health Record Not Ready for Initial Use Until 2017

November 19, 2013 Epic Systems, creator of Kaiser Permanente’s EHR, is considered the most likely vendor.

VA Awards ASM Research a Health IT Contract Triple the Price of Competitors’ Bids

November 5, 2013 Company hired a senior department technology official as chief strategist a month after the award, with VA ethics office approval.

Pentagon's Electronic Health Record Gets a Life Extension

October 31, 2013 The Defense Department plans to extend the contract for AHLTA through 2018.

 Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Senator Slams Pentagon for Its Electronic Health Record Strategy

June 12, 2013 Patty Murray says the ‘best option’ would be an open source system with VA.

Defense Still Mulling Next Steps on Electronic Health Record

June 4, 2013 Progress on the project remains unclear.

The Integrated Electronic Health Record Mess

May 22, 2013 Defense’s decision to upgrade its system with commercial software looks like a big setback.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Frank Kendall

Pentagon Says 20 Vendors Can Meet its Electronic Health Record Needs

May 22, 2013 Defense acquisition chief says Pentagon will not get locked into proprietary software.

Hagel Opts for Commercial Electronic Health Record Software

May 21, 2013 The Defense secretary leaves the door open for a VA-developed system.

Hagel Takes Personal Responsibility for Electronic Health Records

April 17, 2013 Promises to have 'something decided' on the iEHR within 30 days.

Did Jon Stewart Foil the Pentagon's Health Records Plan?

April 9, 2013 The comedian could finally do what Congress hasn't been able to do: Force the Defense Department to address its ‘intolerable’ system.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens at right as outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks at the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

To cut costs, Defense and VA scrap plans for new electronic health record

February 6, 2013 Instead of building a system from scratch, the departments will integrate existing systems.