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Why Are Electronic Health Records Taking So Long?

Stars and Strips covered a “rare joint hearing with the House Armed Services and House Veteran Affairs committees,” on Wednesday and reports that they “lamented stagnation in creating lifelong electronic medical records for troops and veterans, decrying a lack of leadership on the issue from the Defense Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the White House.”

“Officials from both departments said the program is on track, and that seamless sharing of troops’ medical appointments and injury information is within reach.”

“Lawmakers and bureaucrats have sparred over the medical records issue for months, disagreeing on whether the agencies already have broken promises to create a single system to share the health information.”

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