The Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) operate two of the nation’s largest health care systems, providing care to more than 9.6 million active-duty servicemembers and 6.3 million veterans. For many years, DOD and VA have known that better sharing of health care data could help them:
- make patient information more available to health care providers;
- reduce medical errors; and
- streamline administrative functions to save time and money.