iEHR will be in place within four to six years

A joint, integrated electronic health record between the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs should be in place four to six years from now, Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Information Officer Roger Baker during a recent press briefing. The iEHR will be a combination of shared code and standards, and some applications will be utilized by both departments--such as pharmacy software, laboratory software, and an enterprise service bus, Baker said. The VA and DoD have yet to work out how they'll get to a single database, however, according to Baker. The two departmental secretaries are set to discuss the matter during their next scheduled meeting on June 23. --Read the full article at FierceGovernmentIT