DOD and VA will test joint IT operations

DOD and VA will test joint IT operations

Eight Defense Department medical sites will participate in joint demonstrations with Veterans Affairs Department medical facilities to improve services in financial management, staffing and medical IT systems.

Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, said the fiscal 2003 National Defense Authorization Act mandated the demonstrations to improve health care services.

The DOD/VA Health Executive Council selected the eight hospital sites based on the recommendations of a joint working group. The demonstrations will run through fiscal 2007, according to a release.

The medical information and IT systems demonstration will take place at three areas:

  • In the Seattle-Tacoma area, between Madigan Army Medical Center and the Puget Sound VA Health Care System

  • In El Paso, Texas, between William Beaumont Army Medical Center and the El Paso VA Health Care System

  • And in San Antonio between Air Force Wilford Hall and Brooke Army Medical Centers and the South Texas VA Health Care System.

  • The budget and financial management demonstrations will take place at two locations'in Hawaii between Tripler Army Medical Center and the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, and in Anchorage, Alaska, between the Air Force
    3rd Medical Group and the Alaska VA Health Care System.

    In the Seattle-Tacoma area, the Madigan center and Puget Sound VA facility also will engage in a staffing and assignment demonstration.

    Other areas holding staffing demos are in Augusta, Ga., between Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Augusta VA Health Care System; and in Hampton, Va., between Langley Air Force Base 1st Medical Group and the Hampton VA Medical Center.

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