Kaiser, V.A. to launch electronic medical-data exchange program
Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are expected to launch a first-of-its-kind electronic medical-data exchange program in San Diego on Wednesday.
The collaboration will mark the first time a computerized patient-records system operated by a federal agency has been linked to one operated by a private organization, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Under the new partnership, Kaiser and VA doctors in San Diego County will gain instant access to certain files from both institutions for about 1,000 patients who receive care from both providers, according to the newspaper. Those files will contain a patient’s name and age, and lists of allergies and medical conditions.
Over time, the project will expand to include more types of medical records — perhaps X-rays, laboratory test results and doctor’s examination notes, Dr. John Mattison, chief medical information officer for Kaiser’s Southern California region, told the Union-Tribune.
The U.S. Department of Defense is expected to join the program in a few months. Other medical providers across the country will also be invited to join later, the Union-Tribune reported.
No cost estimate has been given for the project.
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