U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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University Of Minnesota Study Finds Iraq, Afghan Vets Struggle With Access To Food

Mark Brunswick | Star Tribune | May 7, 2014

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to have trouble getting enough food to eat than the average U.S. citizen.  More than one-fourth of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans don’t have consistent access to sufficient food, says a new study by the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs hospital...

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UST Global Enters Patient-Centered Healthcare

Press Release | UST Global, Amida | June 9, 2014

UST Global, a leading provider of information technology services and solutions for Global 1000 companies, today unveiled its plans to enter the burgeoning market of patient-centered health information.  It will provide a palette of services based on the Blue Button initiative...

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VA Admits: Sick People Need Clinicians, Not More Managers

Arvind Cavale | Rebel.MD | September 9, 2014

The new VA secretary, Robert A. McDonald, speaking to a room-full of reporters, acknowledged for the first time that “the department needed to hire “tens of thousands of new doctors, new nurses, new clinicians”...

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VA Awards Systems Made Simple Re-Compete Of T4 Veterans Services Network (VETSNET) Development And Maintenance Support Contract

Press Release | Systems Made Simple, Lockheed Martin | December 30, 2014

Systems Made Simple...today announced it has been awarded the re-compete of the Veterans Services Network (VETSNET) Development and Maintenance Support contract under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Transformation Twenty-one Total Technology (T4) contract vehicle.

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VA CIO: Scheduling System Software Will Be Fielded By 2017, Not 2020

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | September 30, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to field a new, commercial patient scheduling system by 2017, not 2020 as it said in contract documents released Sept. 17, and reported by Nextgov last week...

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VA Collaborating With Flow Health to Bring Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine to Veterans

Press Release | Flow Health | November 29, 2016

Flow Health today announced that it has formed a five-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build a medical knowledge graph with deep learning to inform medical decision-making and train artificial intelligence (AI) to personalize care plans. The partnership’s fundamental objective is to understand the common elements that make certain people susceptible to particular diseases, pinpointing effective treatments and identifying possible side effects in order to inform care decisions...

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VA Compromise Bill Would Bolster Telemedicine, Scheduling Software

Staff Writer | Government Health IT | July 30, 2014

The proposed $17 billion legislation that would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs gives weight to two significant information technology initiatives long sought by its proponents.  The VA became the center of much attention this week as the bill, approved by House and Senate negotiators late Monday, was followed Tuesday by the Senate confirmation of Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary...

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VA Details Sweeping Changes To Speed Care To Veterans

Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | August 25, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs promises sweeping changes — and ample contrition — in a prepared response to an inspector general's report due this week on a scandal over delayed health care for veterans.  The VA response — copies of which were obtained by USA TODAY — includes talking points that reveal at least one crucial finding by investigators: No deaths of veterans at a Phoenix VA hospital could be "conclusively" linked to delays in care at that facility...

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VA Explores Alternative Therapies

Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Stars and Stripes | October 19, 2014

...The alternative-therapy programs mark a dramatic departure in the treatment offered to troops who are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeking relief from pain.  Among the options: Equine therapy. Alpha Stimulation. Qigong. Guided Imagery. Life coaching. Yoga and Pilates. Hypnosis. Aqua therapy. Botox...

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VA Eyes Cash Prizes To Generate Ideas For New Health Record

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | April 29, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to develop its next generation electronic health record through challenges and cash prize competitions, a tactic that proved successful on previous projects such as one to provide patients with online access to their health records.

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VA Forming Digital Service Team, Recruiting Experts

Dan Verton | FedScoop | September 3, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs is actively recruiting a cadre of top-level developers, designers and digital product managers to form a new Digital Service Team to create and redesign the digital interfaces that veterans and the private sector rely upon to interact with the agency...

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VA Hosts MASS Industry Events - OSEHRA Has Video of Industry Day

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 9, 2014

In an effort to enable early and meaningful correspondence with Industry on the Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS) acquisition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) Product Development (PD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) have scheduled the following three sessions... Read More »

VA Launches Challenge.gov Contest for Scheduling Appointments

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | January 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is challenging software developers to create new systems that schedule appointments in VA’s nationwide health system.

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VA Lays Out Plans for Cloud-Based Digital Health Platform

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | December 16, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a blueprint for a cloud-based technology platform that will integrate veteran data from VA, military and commercial electronic health records, as well as apps, devices and wearables, so that the information is available to providers in real time. While the VA is still finalizing plans for how it implements the Digital Health Platform (DHP), the agency has a strategy in place that is seen as the future path for providing next-generation healthcare to millions of the nation's veterans...

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VA Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the 'My HealtheVet' PHR System

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the award-winning My HealtheVet system, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is urging all military veterans and active-duty service members to join the millions of others already using this online Personal Health Record (PHR) system. The VA is marking this milestone by asking everyone to help spread the word about the benefits of using My HealtheVet. The system allows veterans to access a wide variety of VA health care information and services online. Read More »