The contract involves more work with integrating the VA and DOD medical records with all the data available. What is kind of interesting here is that is is work to ensure that no veteran has a delay of benefits when leaving the military. There have been many stories on this on how far the VA is behind, so this a good thing when one leaving active duty can hopefully continue on with healthcare benefits with all their information and not face these delays.
Recently in the news too a hard look was taken at where the money with the VA was going to be spent and in this care the care of the patients appears to have come first over those transaction fees for profit and granted there may be some of this present in the overall project.
White House Pauses $3 Billion In IT Spending – Office of Management and Budget Conducting Review – One of the First Projects on the Agenda is the Veterans Administration
Also in the news recently was the Coast Guard and their new system that will also support the VLER standards too.
US Coast Guard Awards $14 Million Dollar Contract to EPIC for New EHR As Current System Does Not Meet Federal Standards
In the meantime if you are in the VA, go to the Blue Button Download area and get your records that are currently on file too.
White House Makes Official Introduction of the “Blue Button”–Microsoft Demonstrates HealthVault Integration And Sharing
By using the Blue Button the information goes to HealthVault and secondly shown here is the Surgeon General’s My Family Health Record to where the information from HealthVault is uploaded so it shows how the data can be moved with HealthVault being the vehicle.
You have options available now with “getting” your records as our US Health Czar recommends. BD
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract to support the comprehensive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) initiative. The Blanket Purchase Agreement has a ceiling value of $91 million over five years and was awarded through the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle. The new work will involve developing an across-the-board solution that will consolidate the medical records of Armed Forces members in an electronic database available to all VA and Department of Defense facilities/providers, as well as to any private, civilian medical offices that service members might use. The award expands the support that CACI's business system solutions functional core competency and Healthcare Solutions Group provides for servicemen and women worldwide.
By seamlessly integrating VA, DoD, and private healthcare provider data, VLER will enhance the quality and continuity of care by ensuring that no veteran has a delay in service as a result of the transition from active duty to veteran status. The objective is to provide a single, coherent, virtual, lifetime electronic record using a data-centric common services approach based on national standards. VLER will provide for health, benefits and personnel data -- all within a framework of information assurance; secure, reliable and timely data; auditable access to data; protection of member privacy; member visibility into the data; and role-based access.