The benefits of the new process include:
• faster delivery of DoD medical records to Social Security
,• a more efficient system to obtain records,• a reduction in the time it takes to make a medical decision on a disability claim, and
• a reduction in the number of consultative examinations medical exams requested by Social Security when additional tests or medical records are needed.
This is the first step towards the long-term goal of a fully automated solution of improving medical information sharing using health information technology and the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange.
Not sure how this will reduce the number of CE’s required when additional tests or records are needed, because CE’s are ordered because these things do not yet exist. But, having dealt with trying to get VA records before, having a more automated process will help claimants.