Combat & Casualty Care

Summer 2017

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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The mission of the DoD/VA IPO is to lead and coordinate the adoption of and contribution to national health data standards to ensure interoperability—the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged—among the DoD, VA, and private sector providers worldwide. The IPO serves as the single point of accountability for identifying, monitoring, and approving the clinical and technical standards and profiles necessary to ensure the seamless integration of health data. The IPO also collaborates closely with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), and other public and private sector partners to support national health data sharing efforts. DoD and VA Healthcare Landscape The DoD and VA represent two of our nation's largest healthcare systems, sharing more data than any other two major health systems. With more than 1,200 DoD care locations, including Military Treatment Facilities at home and abroad, and more than 1,400 VA care locations throughout the country, our commitment to provide world-class healthcare remains unchanged. Together, the DoD and VA represent more than 15 million beneficiaries with over 60 percent receiving healthcare from private sector providers. The Value of Interoperability A key component of serving the unique needs of our beneficiaries, regardless of their status, location, or provider, is ensuring their health data is secure, accurate, easily accessible, and ultimately interoperable. With that goal in mind, the DoD, VA, and IPO work to establish the seamless integration of health data between the Departments and their private sector partners. This integration further reduces medical errors and streamlines administrative functions to improve clinical decisions. The former National Coordinator of Health Information Technology highlighted the importance of health data exchange in ONC's Connecting ADVANCING HEALTH DATA INTEROPERABILITY The Department of Defense (DoD)/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Interagency Program Office (IPO), under the Program Executive Office Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS), jointly oversees and monitors the efforts of DoD and VA to implement national health data standards to enable data sharing across military, veteran, and private healthcare partners. By researching, evaluating, and providing technical guidance to the Departments and other public and private sector partners on current and emerging health data standards, the IPO supports the PEO DHMS mission to transform the delivery healthcare and advance data sharing through a modernized electronic health record (EHR) for servicemembers, veterans, and their families across the continuum of care. By Dr. Lauren C. Thompson, Director, Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office Dr. Thompson briefs key stakeholders on the value of interoperability to enhance the delivery of healthcare to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. (DoD VA/IPO) www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 30 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2017 LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE

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