Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Applauds VA Health Records Modernization

June 5, 2017
Press Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today applauded action taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to modernize its electronic patient record system in order to improve and streamline health care for veterans.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin announced Monday that the VA will adopt the same health record platform as the Department of Defense, resulting in a more seamless transition of care for servicemen and women leaving the military.
“Modernization of the VA health record system is long overdue,” Roby said. “It has never made sense to me that the VA would use a different health record system than the Department of Defense. These inconsistent systems lead to unnecessary gaps in health care for veterans, many times when they need it most. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for taking this important step to improve and streamline veterans’ health care. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and our partners in the Trump Administration to reform the VA.”
Congress has pushed the VA to update its health record system for many years and has recently prioritized funding for a modernization effort. Roby has made improving access to services at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) a top priority and made national headlines for exposing major instances of abuse and neglect during the 2014 VA scandal.