Published January 19, 2010 Volume 18, Number 1
Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have launched a pilot medical data exchange program using the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) which enables clinicians from VA and Kaiser Permanente to use electronic health record information, including information about health issues, medications, and allergies. The NHIN provides a technology gateway to support interoperability standards and a legal framework for the secure exchange of health information between treating physicians, when authorized by a patient. Clinicians from the participating organizations can electronically, securely, and privately share authorized patient data, ensuring around-the-clock access to critical health information, providing immediate electronic access that supports increased accuracy, efficiency and safety.
The new pilot program connects VA's VistA (Veterans Affairs Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) and Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect. VA beneficiaries and Kaiser Permanente members in the San Diego area were the first to be offered the opportunity to sign up for the pilot. The program's next phase will add authorized data from the U.S. Department of Defense's health care system to this exchange in early 2010. Ultimately, this program is planned to be made available to all veterans and service members.
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