The move to consolidate the electronic health records (EHR) systems for the military just took another step forward, with the announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin transitioning the data centers that support its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Articulation (VistA) EHR into data centers run by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) beginning in March.
VA CIO Roger Baker rold Nextgov that the move helps support the development of a joint EHR system, making it the largest in the world, covering 15.7 million people. The move is expected to take a year to complete.
Baker also noted that each of the VA's 152 hospitals will have one to six servers to host VistA in the DISA data centers and that the data centers will have backup systems.
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