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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).)


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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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