VA starts a health information exchange pilot program with Virginia-based hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently teamed up with hospitals in the Richmond, Virginia area to begin a health information exchange pilot program, InformationWeek reports.

Officials told the news source that the pilot will involve the Richmond VA Medical Center and MedVirginia, which is a healthcare IT group that serves central Virginia.

Together, the organizations have created a comprehensive health information network that is used to exchange information to different providers through the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health program. Officials added that the goal of this initiative is to improve the delivery of veterans’ health information.

“This pilot is one more step taken to deliver a virtual lifetime electronic record for our nation’s veterans and service members,” Eric K. Shinseki, secretary of VA, said in a recent statement.

As health exchanges become more popular within the industry, health information management degree holders will be counted on by companies to help them administer and regulate these systems.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in this field are expected to increase much faster than the average rate for all other occupations.

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