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Updated: September 21, 2010
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 allergies.

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,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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