Office of Policy and Integration Collaboration
The Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office (DoD/VA IPO) was established by the National Defense Authorization Act in FY 2008 (NDAA FY08) and re-chartered with the NDAA FY2014, creating a new charter signed in Dec 2013. The DoD/VA IPO acts as the single point of accountability in the development and implementation of electronic health records (EHR) systems or capabilities that allow for full interoperability of health care information between the Departments. To further this purpose, the DoD/VA IPO leads the Departments’ efforts to implement national health data standards for interoperability and is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and approving the clinical and technical standards profile and processes to ensure seamless integration of health data among the two Departments and private health care providers.
Goals or Update
DoD/VA IPO leads a combined VA and DoD effort to identify, adopt, and where necessary assist in the development of national and international health data standards that allow for full information interoperability between the Departments. Specific tasks described in the charter include:
- Actively engage with national and international health standards setting organizations, to ensure their resulting standards (e.g., data formats, messaging, exchange protocols, meaningful use, usability, privacy, security and safety) meet the needs of VA and DoD.
- Oversee and approve VA and DoD adoption of and mapping to national and international health standards, an essential step toward interoperability, that: (a) requires the Departments to express the content and format of health data using a common language to improve the exchange of data with each other and the private sector and that: (b) ensures Department clinicians have an integrated, computable view of a patient’s comprehensive health record which can be trended to show health care information about a patient over time and provide expedient, improved health care treatment.
- Identify data domain and messaging standards for department information technology (IT) solutions necessary to create a seamless integration of VA and DoD health care record data based on functional use cases.
- Monitor and report on: (a) the Departments’ use of IPO approved national and international health standards and, (b) the Departments’ compliance with the IPO’s identification of data domain and messaging standards for department IT solutions necessary to create a seamless integration of VA and DoD health care record data.
- Continuously identify methods and opportunities to leverage DoD and VA health IT solutions such as health information technology (HIT) portfolio reviews that interface with each Department’s modernized system to verify clinical and technical data interoperability.