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Lauren Thompson, director of the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office, discusses their efforts to build a health record that spans a service members entire life, and the importance of data to the program’s success.

The MHS GENESIS electronic health record has begun its wide rollout at healthcare facilities throughout the military. The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are looking to establish interoperability between their disparate healthcare systems, and the new record will bridge the gap. Lauren Thompson, director of the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office, says that there’s a passion to provide military members and veterans with the care they need.

“At the end of the day, my observation is that the passion is around delivering the best quality healthcare to the patients. That is what really drives it. Data is at the core of that. The clinicians need accurate, comprehensive data on the patient in order to deliver that quality care. So, I think that is where the passion comes in,” Thompson said. “In order to deliver that care, they need the right data available at the right time at their fingertips.”

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