Today, President Obama, Secretary Gates and Secretary Shinseki announced that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are creating lifetime electronic records for service members and veterans – streamlining the transition of health care records between the DOD and the VA.
Speaker Pelosi on President Obama's announcement:
President Obama and Congress are committed to providing our nation's service members and veterans with the timely, quality health care that they were promised and that they have earned. The creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic record builds on this commitment by providing our brave men and women with a single, accurate, and paperless medical record from the day they enlist through their retirement years.
Accurate electronic medical records are essential to reducing costs, helping eliminate medical errors, and providing seamless quality care, which is why investments in health IT are a top priority for the Obama Administration and for Congress. I look forward to working with the President, Defense Secretary Gates, and Veterans’ Secretary Shinseki to implement this critical health IT initiative for our service members and our veterans.
On the battlefield, the military pledges to never leave a soldier behind. In the New Direction Congress, we pledge to never leave a veteran behind.