As I wrote on October 23, the government faces many challenges in implementing successful health care information exchanges that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. This first follow-up post discusses the importance of standards and interoperability to this effort, and leading work done by the government to promote such efforts.
Now that adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has moved forward, and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are following suit, what lies ahead for national healthcare? How does the government leverage its investment in digitizing the healthcare industry?
With the creation of the Defense Health Agency, DoD has taken a step in changing the way it delivers care. DHA is the starting point for comprehensive enterprise-wide reform. It is a leading example for how DoD will seek to modernize and integrate its system of care -- creating a stronger, better and more resilient military health system for the future.