VA Secretary Announces Plan to Upgrade the VHA Electronic Health System

On June 5, 2017, DVA secretary David Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs would adopt the same electronic health records management system as the Department of Defense, called MHS GENESIS (https://health.mil/mhsgenesis).  The primary motivation is to permit the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to communicate and exchange information between the DVA and DoD health records.

In the past, the DVA attempted to adapt their existing VHA electronic management system so to permit the exchange of information with the DoD, however, it was later determined that the two systems could not communicate with one another.  For those interested, the Government Accountability Office released a report in to 2014 explaining the history of the attempted VHA and DoD system integration at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-302.

A link to Secretary Shulkin’s press release can be found at the following link:  http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/38637/va-secretary-announces-decision-next-generation-electronic-health-record/

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Over nine years of trial and appellate litigation experience at the Department of Justice and the Army Judge Advocate General Corps where I frequently handled high profile, complex litigation before various federal courts. I am now an associate in the Veterans’ Law section at the law firm of Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC, and a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney. The Veterans’ Law section at Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg offers nationwide representation at all levels of the VA administrative process, as well as in the Federal court system, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. I focus solely on Veterans’ law and Veteran-related issues, claims and benefits and can offer a unique perspective as a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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