VA Moving Electronic Health Records to DISA Data Centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs will move its electronic health records to data centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said according to NextGov.

The move is scheduled for March and is expected to be completed in a little more than a year, according to the report.

According to NextGov, the move supports the development of a joint electronic health record system for both the VA and the Pentagon. The joint system would serve more than 9.7 million active duty personnel and 6 million veterans.

The VA has already shifted data center operations that support its management system for veterans benefits and the Post-9/11 GI Bill to data centers operated by Terremark Worldwide, according to NextGov.

Baker said each of the VA’s 152 hospitals will have between one and six servers, depending on the size of the hospital. The VA’s data center consolidation plan has four DISA centers eventually hosting the VA’s health records.

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