Lawmakers approve $260M for VistA modernization, but demand interoperability with DoD

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The House Appropriations Committee, in a subcommittee markup of the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill last week, approved $260 million for the modernization of the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) electronic health record, with a catch: the agency will not receive any funding until it certifies it is interoperable with the Department of Defense’s EHR.

“I can’t believe we’re still talking about doing this,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), committee chairman, said.

“We’ve been harping with both DoD and VA for years” to fix the issue, he added. “[A] veteran, having been injured on active duty, when he comes to a VA hospital … can’t access his records from DoD; that’s unacceptable. It’s insane.”

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