Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Commends VA and DoD for Undertaking Shared Electronic Medical Records

April 2009

National Commander Ira Novoselsky of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) commends the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs for the speed with which they have begun work to create a shared electronic medical record that will ultimately contain all of a service person's health records from the moment he enters the military through his years as a veteran.

The seamless integration of electronic records was one of the recommendations of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors.

According to Commander Novoselsky, "The advent of this joint system will certainly help to ensure that our veterans receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled without any disruption of service as the service person transitions into the veteran."

Commander Novoselsky agrees with President Obama, who has noted that ,"When a member of the armed forces separates from the military, he or she will no longer have to walk paperwork from a DoD duty station to a local VA health center; their electronic records will transition along with them and remain with them forever."

The integration of these records will, it is hoped, prevent the abuses and interruptions in benefits and services that have plagued the VA Health Care System for so long. No longer will a veteran be unable to receive the services he needs and deserves because of a gap in record-keeping.

While the work on implementation of this seamless electronic medical record offers great hope for future veterans' services, Commander Novoselsky does express the need for a note of caution. It is necessary that the strictest security be used in setting up this system so that confidential medical information is never compromised.

The JWV will be watching the implementation of this new joint electronic health record system closely and commends the speed with which this vital improvement is being undertaken.

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