Data Element

Veteran Status

Military service in the armed forces of the United States or other nations, including the length and branch of service, the military occupation, the location and type of duty (e.g., in the United States or abroad with combat, combat support, or noncombat duties), and any ongoing illness, injury, limitation, or disability that began during military service. (Institute of Medicine, Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains in Electronic Health Records, Phase 2, p. 297 (2014).)


Reaffirming support for SDOH data elements

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) remains steadfast in its commitment to advocating for and prioritizing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) data elements. Recognizing the critical role that these factors play in shaping the clinical outcomes of community health center patients, NACHC continues to emphasize the need for comprehensive, accurate, and interoperable SDOH data. By reaffirming our support for these essential elements, we aim to drive informed decision-making, policy development, and targeted interventions that address the root causes of health disparities. This underscores NACHC's belief in the transformative potential of SDOH data in building healthier, more equitable communities.

See attached letter of support containing comments on data elements across USCDI submissions and versions.

2023-09-20 NACHC USCDIv5 Letter of Support_12.pdf

NACHC in support of Veteran Status as an SDOH data element

Veteran status is a critical data element that contains information essential for identifying veteran patients, ensuring that veterans receive appropriate, high-quality healthcare services tailored to their needs and experiences.

Veteran status can provide important context for understanding a patient's health history, including their exposure to combat, service-related injuries or illnesses, and potential exposure to environmental hazards. With the inclusion of veteran status as a required data element in EHR systems through USCDI, healthcare providers can better identify and address the unique healthcare needs of veterans. This will enable providers to develop more tailored treatment plans, deliver more effective care, and improve overall health outcomes for this important patient population. Standardizing the collection and sharing of veteran status data will also support population health management, research, and public health efforts, ultimately leading to better health outcomes for all patients.

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Addition of Veteran Status to USCDI V3

For the past several years, the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and ONC have collaborated to modernize our military and Veteran’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Seamless integration of care and health data across DoD, VA, and the private sector is a key component of this effort. Information exchange is vital to improving the overall readiness for our military, while guaranteeing Service members and beneficiaries receive the quality care they deserve. In addition, ensuring alignment with nationally-recognized data standards, industry best practices, and continuity of care as our nation’s Service member’s transition to Veteran status is critical to the success of our nation’s DoD and VA’s EHR modernization efforts.  Moreover, appropriately leveraging USCDI makes certain this information is available and accessible for exchange and remains a key component of broader nationwide interoperability goals. 

The latest data maintains that nearly six out of 10 Veterans receive some portion of their health care from private sector providers, making Veterans a strong business case for broader interoperability. Adding Veteran Status to USCDI will ensure that more information is available to appropriately treat Veterans, and allow our health system to better coordinate their goals, care plans, and benefits across the continuum of care. 

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