The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently rolled out new application programming interfaces (APIs) to improve interoperability, electronic health record (EHR) access, and health data exchange for veterans and those who provide care for them. The Department’s plans to engage with developers—as well as information about the API offerings themselves—are currently available to view through its official webpage.
With the new offerings, IT developers will be empowered to build tools that give veterans access to more conveniently manage their health, view their EHRs, find specialists, exchange medical information, and schedule medical appointments. The new API supports industry standards put forth by the Argonaut Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), which build upon previous data format standards from HL7. According to a statement from the VA on their webpage, the application of such technology allows veterans to utilize third-party digital tools to view medical records and schedule health care appointments without having to log onto a VA-specific tool or leave the third-party website or app.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a federal cabinet-level agency that provides near-comprehensive health care services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country. The VA’s vision is provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned–and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.
This was reported by EHR Intelligence on December 10, 2018.
Contact Information: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, Northwest Washington DC 20420; (844) 698-2311; Website: www.va.gov