DOD, VA launch Joint Health Information Exchange

The sharing of Health Information Exchanges with the VA will further enhance the DOD's electronic health records and improve outcomes for all beneficiaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

DOD, VA launch Joint Health Information Exchange

By Military Health System Communication Office

Military Health System beneficiaries are reaping gains as the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs launch the joint health information exchange. With the joint HIE, MHS providers gain access to VA’s community health care partners’ records, and VA providers gain access to MHS community health care partners’ records.

“The recent COVID-19 pandemic underlines the importance for clinicians on the front lines to quickly access a patient’s health record, regardless of where that patient previously received care,” said Dr. Neil Evans, the interim director of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization program office.

“As the DOD and VA implement a single, common record, the joint health information exchange and the associated expansion of community exchange partners is a critical step forward, delivering immediate value to all DOD and VA sites,” Evans said.

This development significantly expands DOD’s network of health care providers sharing information, said Air Force Col. (Dr.) Thomas Cantilina, deputy MHS functional champion.

“Since about 60% of DOD specialty care occurs in this network, this will have a huge impact,” Catalina said.

A health information exchange is like an online records room. Providers can go here to safely and securely access and share their patients’ health information…read more: 



Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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