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.

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 demonstrations will run through fiscal 2007.

The medical information and systems demonstration will take place in and around El Paso, Texas, San Antonio and Seattle. The Seattle-area facilities will also run a staffing and assignment demo.
The budget and financial management demonstrations will take place in Anchorage, Alaska, and Honolulu.

Other staffing demonstrations are set for Augusta, Ga., and Hampton, Va.

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