Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Applauds the VA’s Decision to Overhaul Their Healthcare Records System

Spring 2017

Last March, National Commander Carl Singer addressed the Joint Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee about JWV’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. One of the items Commander Singer spoke about was creating a uniformed VA-DOD medical recordkeeping system.

We are happy to report that VA Secretary David Shulkin announced Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adopting the same electronic health record system the Department of Defense (DoD) currently uses. Shulkin stated that the open competition process was waived in order to expedite the implementation of the system, noting “we simply can’t afford to wait that long when it comes to the health of our veterans.”

The DoD started working on their electronic healthcare record system, MHS Genesis, in 2015. The system’s initial roll-out started this year, and it will be available at all military treatment facilities by 2022. MHS Genesis allows patients to access a patient portal, where they are able to request medication refills and speak to their doctor without having to make an appointment. Medical records and laboratory results would be available to patients with only a user name and password.

By adopting the same system as the DoD, the records transfer from the DoD to the VA should be seamless. This move marks a pivotal transition in solving the records transfer issue.

JWV hopes this will reduce the time and difficulty for veterans who wish to receive health care through the VA. JWV will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our veterans and for the benefits that are owed to them.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.


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