VA Medical Center and Indiana Health Information Exchange Partner on Electronic Health Data Exchange Pilot

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis will be partnering with the Indiana Health Information Exchange on an electronic health data exchange pilot, according to a Healthcare IT News report.

The pilot, which is set to run through 2012, will securely exchange electronic health data through the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Veterans who receive care from VA Medical Center and other healthcare providers in the Indianapolis area will be offered the opportunity to sign up for the pilot, which will allow their healthcare providers to share their health information through the secured exchange network. Healthcare providers can only share a patient's health information over an HIE after receiving his or her consent.

Such a network will allow interoperability outside of VA or Department of Defense facilities and more effective communication between federal agencies and the private medical sector to serve veterans and their dependents, according to the report.

Read the Healthcare IT News report about the electronic health exchange pilot.

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