Thursday, February 28, 2013

Veterans Seen as Suffering as U.S. Scraps Health-Records System

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs may let veterans care fall through the cracks by scrapping a plan to build a joint health-records system, U.S. lawmakers said.

Last year, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged to "meet or beat" a 2017 deadline to integrate the two agencies' networks, one for troops and the other for veterans.

The agencies instead this month scrubbed their plan because of cost and time concerns, and said they will integrate the data without building a new system. The move may hurt veterans struggling to access military medical records and seeking compensation for injuries, said Representative Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

|| David K. Shepherd ||

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