The government is working on this internally to have interoperable records between agencies...BD
October 24, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs still aren't able to share complete electronic health records of military members and veterans despite working on a project for nine years, employees of the two agencies told a congressional committee Wednesday. While the two agencies have begun to share some text records, including discharge summaries and emergency-room reports, it won't be until 2008 before they can share vital signs of patients, laboratory data and family histories, said Dr. Gerald Cross, principal deputy under secretary of health in the VA's Veterans Health Administration. Officials from both agencies told the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations they're making good progress, but issues remain. "The work to make data computable between two different health-care systems is very complex and requires complete standardization of data," Cross said.