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Kaiser Permanente and Veterans Affairs Preview Electronic Health Record Interoperability to Enable Better Health Care
Date:9/23/2008

Demonstrations with Public and Private Sector Health Providers Showcase

Link to Support Care for 'Wounded Warriors'

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- William Ozzie may be a fictional soldier, but his electronic health record showed how Kaiser Permanente, the Department of Veterans Affairs and private sector providers can seamlessly share information over an interoperable health information exchange. In a critical step towards giving patients and doctors a "health care Internet," Kaiser Permanente today collaborated with the VA in a unique "wounded warrior" test demonstration of the Nationwide Health Information Network. The scenario showed how physicians could safely and securely share Ozzie's sample medical history across multiple EHR systems, such as Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM) and the VA's VistAWeb, to inform medical decisions and deliver high quality care regardless of location or where the health record originated.

"As the nation seeks new solutions for reforming health care and reducing costs, this partnership with the VA and other providers illustrates how health information technology can dramatically reshape the health care system and improve patient outcomes. This is particularly important for our veterans and 'wounded warriors' who deserve the best care available," said Andy Wiesenthal, associate executive director of The Permanente Federation. "The ultimate goal is for all providers and patients to have secure digital access to the right health information at the right time, something Kaiser Permanente has achieved for our community with KP HealthConnect(TM), the world's largest civilian electronic health record system. The engagement with VistAWeb, one of the largest electronic health interfaces, used throughout VA's more than 1,400 points-of-care, is a tremendous milestone. With this NHIN demonstration and other initiatives such as KP's Microsoft HealthVault pilot project, we're taking the next step
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