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Hagel Orders Pentagon to Buy New Software for Heath Records

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to buy a new healthcare management system to better communicate with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to an article in The Washington Post.

For years, the Pentagon and the VA have been trying to build a single, unified system, but this decision will create two systems that can talk to each other. Previously, both departments ran separate systems that could not communicate.

From the article:

The Defense Department said it is seeking new software via competitive bid from the private sector that will improve continuity of care as military members transition into civilian life.

“Our service members and veterans, and their families, expect and deserve a seamless system to administer the benefits they have earned,” Hagel said in a statement.

The VA has amassed a huge backlog of disability claims from veterans, with some having to wait more than a year for their paperwork to be processed. Part of the reason for this delay was the incompatibility of the records systems at the VA and the Pentagon and the extended period of time it took the Defense Department to transfer records to the VA.

Read more about the new system in The Washington Post.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Public Health and Science

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