|KP, Veterans Join Up For Health Care Upgrade
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Kaiser
Permanente (KP) are collaborating on a pilot medical data exchange
program in San Diego, using the Nationwide Health Information Network
(NHIN) to ensure that all healthcare providers have access to
veterans’ records. NHIN was developed, in part, by the Department
of Health and Human Services.
The pilot enables clinicians from the VA and KP to
obtain a more comprehensive view of a patient’s health using EHR
information, including information about health issues, medications and
NHIN provides a technology gateway to support
interoperability standards and a legal framework for the secure
exchange of health information between treating physicians, when
authorized by a patient. Clinicians can access immediately electronic
access supports increased accuracy, efficiency and safety.
Since more than half of America’s veterans and
active duty service members receive some portion of their healthcare
outside of VA or defense department facilities, interoperability
between federal agencies and the private sector is essential to provide
the best care for veterans, service members and their dependents.
Prior to this project patients frequently consented to
sharing this information. However, it regularly took weeks or even
months to receive paper healthcare documents. Now, this information can
be transmitted within seconds.
"We have developed a secure and private way to exchange
the information caregivers need that we hope will become a model for
interoperability in healthcare," said Dr. John Mattison, assistant
medical director of Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
The program’s next phase will add authorized data
from the U.S. Department of Defense’s healthcare system to this
exchange. Ultimately, this program is planned to be made available to
all veterans and service members.
Address: Kaiser Permanente, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 267-2870, www.kaiserpermanente.org.