Sentara to share EHR with DOD

Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare announced last week it is now able to share EHR data with the Defense Department using the eHealth Exchange, in addition to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

"Hampton Roads and northern Virginia have one of the largest communities of active duty and retired personnel in America," Bert Reese, Sentara's senior vice president and CIO, said in a statement. "It's a mobile population and, for the first time, we can offer a continuous lifetime record that begins at birth and moves with the service member through military, VA and commercial care."

The new effort will allow Sentara providers to review data from the DOD and the VA on active duty personnel, dependents and retirees. It will also allow patient data from Sentara to be available to the VA, DOD and other civilian providers.

Sentara uses the Epic EHR platform, which allows the system to connect with every organization in the country also using the Epic EHR. Epic's network is also connected to the eHealth Exchange, accelerating Sentara's onboarding process with the DOD to less than two weeks, according to a statement.


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