I would like to propose that we allow the Veteran to have access to their own medical record electronically. Currently the Veterans' have to ask Release of Information to make copies for them which is very inefficient not to mention frustrating. Since the records are electronic it should be just a simple matter to allow the access via their home computers. With the appropriate security measures in place. Like they are for the Federal Employee Electronic Personnel Folder which employees can access whenever they have a need. That way the privacy is maintained, the Veteran has instant access to the record, we are not wasting paper, and we are not using staff to make the copies and they could be better utilized in some other fashion.
Idea No. 14637