OIG Identifies Barriers to the Use of Health Information Exchanges by the Department of Veteran Affairs

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted a review of VA facilities and community providers to identify any barriers that are hampering the use of health information exchanges (HIEs). OIG identified several issues that need to be addressed to improve the exchange of health information.

HIEs are used to share healthcare information for the purpose of coordinating and improving the continuity of care for veterans enrolled in a VA facility. Following a pilot program, the VA introduced the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), which uses two methods for sharing veterans’ data between VA facilities and members of VA healthcare teams: VA Exchange and VA Direct.

OIG conducted...

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