For Immediate Release
April 6, 2009
AFA Welcomes Electronic Health Record System for Veterans
Arlington, VA – Arlington, VA – Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today welcomed the announcement that the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs will create and maintain a lifelong electronic health record for the benefit of veterans and members of the Armed Forces.
The planned Electronic Health Record will start at enlistment, be all inclusive, and transfer from the DoD to the VA upon returning to civilian life. Making the electronic health record concept a reality has been a priority for the Air Force Association and veterans organizations.
Also announced was an improved VA funding stream, ensuring the steady provision of services, another key priority for AFA and veterans groups. By limiting the unpredictability in funding through a new advance appropriations process, the VA can better plan and improve efficiency, all leading to better care for veterans.
“This is an important change,” said Joe Sutter, Chairman of the Board for AFA. “We welcome the fact that health professionals will be able to access the information they need to treat our nation’s veterans rapidly and properly for their conditions.”
“AFA is pleased with this announcement and supports an Electronic Health Record system to benefit veterans and those in uniform,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA. “Comprehensive information in the hands of healthcare professionals should help prevent mistakes and delays, and that’s good news for those who’ve served our country in the military.”
The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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