Sunday, August 12, 2012
Veterans Health Care: The Doctor Is In – Electronic Health Records and You
Your complete medical record will follow you when you move, switch medical providers or need emergency care while traveling. Your family medical history and medical allergies will be immediately available to every doctor or nurse who treats you within DoD and VA health systems. With the ability to view consistent and comprehensive patient data, medical providers will be able to give you better care.
Researchers will also be able to study trends, securely and privately, across the large population in the system. This can lead to new medical breakthroughs that benefit everyone. For example, if we track data on patients with diabetes, we can minimize the number of amputation or instances of blindness. We can develop a registry of patients with similar injuries to measure the outcomes of current treatments to improve treatment protocols and quality of care now and for generations to come.
The iEHR is a key component of the President’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) initiative – a groundbreaking vision for the future of electronic data sharing among federal agencies and the private sector.