A senior official responsible for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ move to a modern electronic health records system guaranteed Wednesday to Congress that by the end of the new EHR’s deployment, there will be “100 percent” interoperability with the Defense Department.

While VA Secretary David Shulkin wouldn’t put a guarantee on total interoperability, Capt. John Windom did. As VA’s program executive for EHR modernization, Windom explained that the department’s choice to follow DOD’s lead to a Cerner-based platform will result in massive gains in interoperability if all goes according to plan.

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