Saturday, February 17, 2007

why would the pentagon prevent va doctors

from having important medical files (digital records i believe) on patients they are treating? the patients are from iraq and afghanistan and have serious medical problems such as traumatic brain injuries. all of a sudden, BAM, the doctors (who work at va hospitals mind you - but i don't care WHERE they work - THEY ARE DOCTORS TREATING OUR WOUNDED TROOPS) are stopped from getting complete medical records on those they are treating. talk about effed up

i understand about the privacy act. this ain't it by the way. our troops deserve THE VERY BEST treatment in the entire universe! period

catch-22 (i AM the bombardier)

Pentagon Red Tape Keeps Medical Records From Doctors of the Wounded

By Al Kamen

Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are furious over a recent decision by the Pentagon to block their access to medical information needed to treat severely injured troops arriving at VA hospitals from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The VA physicians handle troops with serious brain injuries and other major health problems. They, rely on digital medical records that track the care given wounded troops from the moment of their arrival at a field hospital through their evacuation to the United States.......

..................The access cutoff came after Morris, in a Jan. 23 e-mail, instructed a colleague: "If the VA currently has access I need a list of persons and I need their accounts shut off ASAP. It is illegal for them to have access without data use agreements and access controls in place by federal regulations and public law."
There have been meetings between VA and Pentagon officials. The Pentagon declined to comment yesterday............

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