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DoD/VA Interagency Program Office

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The mission of the Department of Defense (DoD)/Veterans Affairs (VA) Interagency Program Office (IPO) is to lead and coordinate the adoption of and contribution to national health data standards to ensure interoperability among DoD, VA, and private sector healthcare worldwide.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

DoD/VA IPO defines interoperability as “the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged.” This program jointly oversees and monitors the efforts of DoD and VA to implement national health data standards for interoperability and acts as the single point of accountability for identifying, monitoring, and approving the clinical and technical data standards and profiles. DoD/VA IPO ensures seamless integration of health data between the two Departments and private healthcare providers. It closely collaborates with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), and other public and private partners to support national interoperability efforts.

DoD/VA IPO News

  • The IPO invites you to read the sixth edition of our quarterly bulletin, The IPO Bridge. Inside, we recognize our Chief Medical Information Officers for receiving the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems Award, highlight our Joint Modernization & Interoperability Hub, a new entity of the IPO to support the DoD and VA's electronic health record modernization efforts, and share our recent activities and accomplishments. If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the September 2017 Issue

  • We invite you to read the IPO's fifth edition of our bulletin, The IPO Bridge. This issue showcases our external engagements this quarter and our efforts to ensure the highest level of health data interoperability within electronic health records belonging to the DoD, VA, and private partners, to improve healthcare for service members, veterans, and their families. In addition, we welcome our Acting Deputy Director and highlight our recent activities and accomplishments. If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the June 2017 Issue

  • The IPO proudly presents the fourth edition of our bulletin, The IPO Bridge. Inside, you will read about our recent accomplishments and priorities, including our membership to The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, the launch of MHS GENESIS, Department of Defense's new electronic health record, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs' recent modernization efforts. We also recognize Mr. Kenneth Blount for his efforts as the IPO's Innovation Lead. If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the March 2017 Issue

  • The IPO welcomes you to read the third edition of our bulletin, The IPO Bridge. This issue highlights the IPO's priorities and accomplishments as we begin Fiscal Year 2017, including our continued efforts to collaborate with our partners in health and to enhance health data interoperability. Specifically, we discuss our participation in Health IT Day hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, our co-hosting of the DoD/VA Industry Interoperability Roundtable, and our presentation at the 2016 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. We also recognize Mr. Christopher Hills as our Employee of the Quarter. If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the December 2016 Issue

  • The IPO invites you to read the second edition of our bulletin, The Bridge. Inside Volume 2, we provide exciting updates regarding achievements and engagements throughout the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. Specifically, we welcome our new Deputy Director, Mr. Steven Schliesman, provide highlights from the 2016 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium, and discuss our participation in Health Level Seven International’s (HL7) balloting process. We would like to thank you for your continued support in achieving our global interoperability and modernization goals. If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the September 2016 Issue

  • We invite you to read the IPO bulletin, The Bridge, which is a quarterly publication focusing on IPO’s recent accomplishments, key engagements, and future priorities in enhancing interoperability. Inside this issue, we showcase a message from IPO Director Dr. Lauren Thompson, highlight exciting milestones within each of the IPO’s Divisions, and recognize Mr. Poeu Kong as our Employee of the Quarter.  If you have feedback or questions, please contact dha.ncr.peo-ipo.mbx.ipo@mail.mil.

    Download the June 2016 Issue

KEY FEATURES

Creates seamless integration of DoD, VA, and private sector healthcare data to achieve improved joint visibility of health status for Service Members and Veterans.

Provides technical direction that enables the DoD and VA to successfully execute health information exchanges that support the flow of actionable data.

Supports national interoperability efforts by closely collaborating with ONC, SDOs, and other public and private partners.

KEY BENEFITS

Oversees and monitors the effectiveness of DoD and VA progress in achieving cross-organizational health interoperability.

Encourages and enables collaboration across DoD and VA by serving as a central resource for modernization and interoperability.

Assesses, updates, and maintains a technical framework that is clinically driven to align identified standards with approved and emerging use cases.

Serves as a conduit for DoD and VA engagement with ONC, federal partners, SDOs, and industry to facilitate secure knowledge sharing and mature data, standards, and interoperability on the national and international level.

Monitors best practices and provides technical guidance to faciUtate interoperability and knowledge sharing to improve DoD and VA awareness of emerging technologies and innovations.