WASHINGTON — The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have wasted about $1 billion in a failed effort to streamline medical record-keeping, the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee said in a hearing Wednesday…

Defense and VA officials said this month they had abandoned an ambitious plan to integrate medical records for both active-duty servicemembers and veterans into a single electronic system to make the records more accessible for patients and doctors.

After cost estimates doubled and technology problems persisted, they decided on a less expensive plan to keep their current systems while making them “interoperable.”

Read more: USA Today February 27, 2013.

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