Defense and VA announce joint plan to build health benefits Web site

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments plan to establish a joint Web portal to support the needs of wounded, ill or injured service members, officials told lawmakers at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday.

The eBenefits Web Portal will be based on VA's successful MyHealtheVet Web site, which provides information on health benefits and services. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield gave a joint statement to the committee, but they did not provide additional details or a launch date.

In August 2007, the Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded called for development of a single portal that would ease access to health and benefits information from the two departments.

England and Mansfield told the committee that their agencies continue to make progress on distributing data and "are securely sharing more electronic health information than at any time in the past." Defense has made inpatient discharge summaries from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany -- the first stop for all casualties evacuated from Afghanistan and Iraq -- immediately available to VA facilities, England and Mansfield said.

Defense and VA also have started to share electronic access to medical provider and clinical notes, problem lists and theater health data, they said. This followed earlier work to impart information on allergies and outpatient and inpatient laboratory and radiology reports.

VA Secretary Dr. James Peake told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday that data sharing between the departments will aid benefits claims processors as well. VA processors will have greater online access to Defense medical information, he said, as more categories of electronic records are made available through the Compensation and Pension Records Interchange project.

VA is committed to developing secure, interoperable electronic medical record systems with Defense, which was a critical recommendation from the Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded, Peake said. "The availability of medical data to support the care of patients shared by VA and DoD," he said, "will enhance our ability to provide world-class care to veterans and active duty members, including our wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.