The Social Security Administration announced the launch of a new health information technology initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs in late 2016. The initiative enables all Social Security Disability processing sites to receive electronic medical records from all VA facilities.
Called the eHealth Exchange, the initiative went live in November 2016. The SSA requests nearly 15 million medical records every year to help make medical decisions on approximately 3 million disability claims.
As Secretary of the VA, Dr. David Shulkin, stated: “VA is currently improving quality of life by enabling veterans to share their health information with federal partners and integrating their data into a safe and secure health-related consumer application.”
The initiative will now allow medical records to be shared in minutes rather than months.