The VA and Kaiser Permanente to Exchange Medical Records in San Diego – Pilot Program
Posted Dec 01 2009 10:03pm
Patients need to give their permission to participate. Once again the question comes up about the potential of making the VA system, Vista available to the private industry. Back in 2008 there was a hospital that broke all records with time in bringing in the Vista records system in Los Angeles, but unfortunately the hospital ran out of money and had to close. BD
The Veterans Affairs Department will begin exchanging patient medical records this month with Kaiser Permanente as part of a demonstration of large-scale health data exchange, agency officials announced.
The pilot program connects Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect and the VA's electronic health record system (EHR), known as VistA, two of the largest electronic health record systems in the country.
The VA is participating in a dialogue with industry on the possibility of making VistA available to the private sector.
The VA and Kaiser are asking veterans in the San Diego area to volunteer to participate in the data exchange program scheduled to begin in mid-December.