Project managers needed to coordinate Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

For several years, Congress has tried, and failed, to get the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to coordinate military health care. This year, for example, a post on EHR Intelligence reported that a $28 billion effort to develop a joint electronic medical record (EMR) system between the two departments was abandoned after being deemed unnecessary.

However, a more recent article reported that Congress is considering a new bill that would set a timeline for the two departments to establish interoperability.

"If you're active duty in the military, you get a medical record," said Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). "The day you leave, you become a veteran, and you're eligible to get veteran administration benefits and the most important benefit among them, of course, is medical care. The Veterans Administration is having an enormously difficult time getting the military person's record from when they served in active duty."

If this data-sharing is going to work, the departments may want to consider bringing some skilled project managers on board.

New Leaf Project Management offers managers a way to train for such daunting tasks as coordinating the exchange of information between two government agencies. Its QPM™ series of games allows managers to hone their skills while earning PDUs to maintain their PMP certification.

These exercises let project managers improve their necessary skills, any time and anywhere. As previously mentioned here, the most effective managers are capable of quick thinking and can adjust their priorities based on the best available information. They are also effective communicators who can work collaboratively, yet command authority when necessary.

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