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VA/DoD Health Partnership Frequently Asked Questions

 

What health information is shared between VA and DoD?

How is the shared information exchanged in VistA CPRS and AHLTA?

How has the shared information benefited Veterans and active duty Servicemembers receiving medical care at both VA and DoD facilities?

What are the future plans for this partnership?


What health information is shared between VA and DoD?

VA and DoD share the following health information electronically:

  • Admission, disposition and transfer data
  • Allergy data
  • Consults
  • Deployment health assessments
  • Drug and food allergy data
  • Inpatient discharge summaries*
  • Laboratory orders and results
  • Outpatient pharmacy data
  • Patient demographics
  • Progress notes
  • Radiology reports
  • Vital sign data

*All VA; Major DoD facilities only

 

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How is the shared information exchanged in VistA CPRS and AHLTA?

Most of the health information is seamlessly transferred in text format. Some of the information is transferred in a multimedia format, such as radiology images or cardiology video files.

A technically advanced software application exchanges outpatient pharmacy and medication allergy data between the two systems. This application alerts a doctor if a medication is ordered that the patient has a known allergy to and provides an added level of safety for patients.

 

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How has the shared information benefited Veterans and active duty Servicemembers receiving medical care at both VA and DoD facilities?

The shared information has improved clinical efficiencies and health care outcomes. Veterans and active duty Servicemembers can now receive needed health care without extensive wait times and without the unnecessary duplication of medical tests.

The technology provides VA and DoD clinicians with the capability to quickly review important health data from each other’s facility, when caring for patients seen at both.

 

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What are the future plans for this partnership?

VA and DoD are planning the development of a joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to share benefit, personnel and health data from the start of a recruit’s military service through their transition to Veteran status for the remainder of their life.

The VLER initiative will improve care and services to Veterans and active duty Servicemembers by enhancing the flow of benefit and medical information between the two Departments.