S. 1296: Servicemember’s Electronic Health Records Act of 2013

Jul 15, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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Bill Nelson
Senior Senator from Florida
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Jul 15, 2013
4 pages
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Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 28, 2013


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on July 15, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jul 15, 2013
Referred to Committee Jul 15, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

9% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to amend the Wounded Warrior Act to establish a specific timeline for the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to achieve interoperable electronic health records, and for other purposes.


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4 cosponsors (4D) (show)

Senate Veterans' Affairs

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Library of Congress Summary

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Servicemember's Electronic Health Records Act of 2013 - Amends the Wounded Warrior Act to require the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, in implementing electronic health record systems that provide for the full interoperability of personal health care information between the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to ensure that:
(1) a health data authoritative source that can be accessed by multiple providers and that standardizes the input of new medical information is created by the Departments within 180 days,
(2) the ability of patients of both Departments to download their medical records is achieved within 180 days,
(3) full interoperability of personal health care information between the Departments is achieved within one year,
(4) acceleration of the exchange of real-time data between the Departments is achieved within one year,
(5) the upgrade of the graphical user interface to display a joint common graphical user interface is achieved within one year, and
(6) current members of the Armed Forces and their dependents may elect to receive an electronic copy of their health care records beginning not later than June 30, 2015.
Requires the Secretaries to assess the feasibility and advisability of establishing a secure, remote, network-accessible computer storage system (commonly referred to as cloud storage) to: (1) provide members of the Armed Forces and veterans the ability to upload their health care records, and (2) allow DOD and VA medical providers of the Departments to access such records.

House Republican Conference Summary

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