Lawmakers Slam DOD, VA For Calling Off $4B Database Plan

By Dietrich Knauth (February 27, 2013, 9:17 PM EST) -- Lawmakers sharply criticized the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments over their decision to cancel a planned $4 billion joint database that would integrate the medical records of military service members and veterans, saying Wednesday that the cost-saving measure raised questions about the agencies' commitment to veterans.

The U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs announced Feb. 6 that they would no longer pursue an all-new interagency health records system. Instead, they plan to save time and money by standardizing their medical data so that it can be easily transferred between existing systems at the DOD and VA. The agencies...

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