From NextGov: The Veterans Affairs Department in September will expand a program to exchange healthcare information with the Pentagon and private-sector providers.

The department plans to start testing the program in 11 geographical regions, up from the current five, according to a fact sheet prepared for a July 26 industry conference. Performance data collected during a six-month trial period will help determine whether the program will be expanded nationwide in 2012.

Also in September, the VA will open a Web portal that will allow veterans to authorize the release of data to clinicians, according to the fact sheet. And the department this fall will try out a point-to-point exchange capability, allowing two health care providers to send veterans' information to one another directly. Read the entire article here.