Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

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HIMSS14: OSEHRA Organizes Open Source EHR Panel at the HIMSS Conference

OSEHRA has been invited to organize an Open Source EHR session at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Sunday, February 23 in Orlando, Florida.  More than 37,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world are expected to participate in the HIMSS conference. We are enthusiastic about engaging this community, especially with our unique session focused on user-driven innovations, interagency collaboration, and future investments. Our session will feature success stories from VistA users including Lutheran Medical Center, the North Carolina Department of Health, Oroville Hospital, and the College of St. Scholastica...

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How VA Is Using Big Data To Keep Patients Out Of The Hospital

Lara Shane | Government Executive | December 23, 2013

The Partnership for Public Service and IBM Center for The Business of Government recently issued “From Data to Decisions III: Lessons from Early Analytics Programs,” which examines successful early government users of data to see how they got started, what sustained them and how the data was used to improve mission-critical programs. Read More »

How VA Reform Turned Into a Fight Over Privatization

Russell Burman | The Atlantic | July 17, 2017

In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs was mired in a scandal. An inspector general’s report had found “systemic” manipulation by government officials to hide lengthy and growing wait times at its medical centers. Veterans were waiting months for appointments, and dozens may have died because they could not get treated in time. Spurred to action, Congress created a program aimed at temporarily alleviating the strain on the VA: Veterans who lived more than 40 miles from a health-care facility or who had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment could take their benefits outside the system and seek treatment from private doctors...

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Draw the Line - Time for the US to Embrace Open Source Emergency and Disaster Response

For nearly 20 years now the global open source community and applications have been a keystone to disaster relief efforts around the world. The enormous number of disaster relief applications and knowledge that has been developed through all these years, should, and needs to be leveraged in the current crisis. For that reason, Open Health News is starting a series of articles to highlight some of the most important solutions. A substantial portion the open source applications for emergency and disaster response that exist are actually already on the news website in the form of articles and resource pages.

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IBM, Epic Unveil Advisory Group As They Vie For Big Military EHR Contract

Darius Tahir | Modern Healthcare | January 7, 2015

IBM Corp. and Epic Systems Corp., likely hoping to show why their joint bid should win the Defense Department's $11 billion, 10-year EHR contract, Wednesday unveiled a 17-person group they've assembled to help advise the department and guide it through implementation if they win the work. Read More »

Innovation At VA: App Offered To Hurricane Sandy Victims

Judi Hasson | AOL Government | November 7, 2012

A mobile app originally developed to aid veterans has been offered to mental health personnel helping Hurricane Sandy's victims, an example of how innovation and technology within the federal government can have a broader reach than ever before. Read More »

Inside The Quest To Prevent Suicides Through Better Data

Sean Lyngaas | FCW | December 23, 2014

Something as impersonal and mundane as incomplete datasets could be exacerbating a national tragedy: the suicides of thousands of veterans and hundreds of active-duty service members every year...

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Intermountain, Cerner Collaborate On Defense Health IT Bid

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | September 24, 2014

Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare...

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iPad Apps Provide Mobile Tools For Military Veterans' Caregivers

Brian T. Horowitz | eWEEK | September 6, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a yearlong pilot to see how iPads help more than 1,000 family caregivers tend to injured post-9/11 veterans. The department has distributed 900 iPads to caregivers, and it's developing mobile apps to help veterans manage their care. Read More »

Joint Study between VA and UL shows UL Cybersecurity Standard provides robust risk management for connected medical devices

Press Release | UL | October 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and UL, a global safety science organization, today announced the completion of a two-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Program for medical device cybersecurity. As medical devices are susceptible to cybersecurity attacks, creating both patient safety risks and disclosure risks for protected health information, the VA and UL sought to address an existing gap in the marketplace for cybersecurity standards and practical certification approaches for connected medical devices. With the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) revolutionizing patient care, increasing efficiency and improving healthcare quality, the VA aimed to find solutions for securing large-scale IoMT device deployments supporting mission-critical care delivery for roughly nine million patients under its care. Read More »

Key Lawmaker Wants To Ban VA Bonuses For Five Years

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | May 8, 2013

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee proposed legislation that would ban all bonuses for senior executives in the Veterans Affairs Department for the next five years. The move by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., is in response to VA’s disability claims backlog and patient deaths in VA hospitals. Read More »

Lack Of Funding, Clout Didn't Deter Kolodner From Tackling ONC's Top Spot

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | April 10, 2014

Dr. Robert Kolodner had his eyes wide open when he took the top spot at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS.  He knew that his predecessor, Dr. David Brailer, had asked in vain for billions of dollars to help subsidize the cost of EHRS to hospitals and physicians, federal money he thought ONC needed.

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LiveData Signs Strategic Agreement with DSS, Inc.

Press Release | BusinessWire | September 11, 2012

LiveData today announced a sales and support agreement with Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) to sell, implement, and support OR-Dashboard throughout the Veterans Health Administration health care system. DSS, Inc. Read More »

Lockheed subsidiary, Epic win $624M VA patient scheduling contract

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | August 26, 2015

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $624 million contract to Systems Made Simple, Syracuse, N.Y., a subsidiary of giant defense and national security contractor Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., to overhaul its medical appointment scheduling system at its Veterans Health Administration healthcare system. Epic Systems Corp., Verona, Wis., will supply the software to the VA, the company confirmed.

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Media Advisory: LiveData Announces Participation In Annual Conference Of Association Of VA Surgeons

Press Release | LiveData, Inc., KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., Document Storage Systems, Inc. | April 6, 2014

LiveData, Inc. today announced the details of its participation in the 38th annual conference of the Association of VA Surgeons, April 6-8 in New Haven, Connecticut. The company will exhibit with VistA integration partner Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS). Miami VA Healthcare System, a LiveData, DSS, and KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America customer, will make a presentation during the Oral Sessions on April 7.

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