The Government Accountability Office has said the departments of Defense andÂ Veteran Affairs have not definedÂ outcome-oriented goals and metrics to support interoperability betweenÂ both entities’Â electronic health records systems.
GAO said WednesdayÂ DoD and the VA determined separate modernization efforts would be more cost effective than a joint system development butÂ neither department hasÂ aÂ comparison of estimated costs between the twoÂ approaches.
Auditors also noted theÂ departments’ schedules showÂ thatÂ separate modernization efforts will take longerÂ than aÂ projected 2017 completion date for the previous interoperability approach.
GAO added the VA’s modernization program for its VistA EHR system has experienced delays that led to an outdated system but the department’sÂ health undersecretaryÂ said the program will be completeÂ in fiscal year 2018.
The government watchdogÂ restated a prior recommendation for theÂ VA to work on its information technology modernization approach and address challenges with interoperability and planning functions.