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VA Gives Tranquilizers To 30 Percent Of PTSD Patients, Despite Warnings

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | March 18, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department treats more than 30 percent of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder with tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium, despite clinical practice guidelines issued in 2010 warning against their use, VA’s National Center for PTSD reported. Read More »

VA Grants For Women's Health Programs Expand Telehealth Efforts

Ashley Gold | FierceHealthIT | January 29, 2013

Women's care with a special emphasis on telehealth is at the forefront of 33 grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to VA facilities. The money will go toward improving emergency healthcare services for female veterans, expanding women's health education programs and offering telehealth programs in rural areas [...]. Read More »

VA Halts All Software Development

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | October 8, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department halted all software development Tuesday, including work on its $491 million paperless Veterans Benefits Management System. The news came a day after the department furloughed 2,754 information technology employees due to the lapse in appropriations. Read More »

VA Has Converted Over 30 Percent Of Disability Claims Into Digital Files

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | July 18, 2013

165 Million Pages Have Been Scanned and Uploaded to Help Transform Paper-Based Claims Process to Digital Environment Read More »

VA HBPC Provides Model For Medicare, Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | November 5, 2012

Based on its ability to manage patient care and costs effectively, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program for providing home-based primacy care (HBPC) should serve as a model for improving similar Medicare programs, according to a recent report by the American Action Forum. Read More »

VA Head Envisions Big Improvements In Backlog

Rick Maze | Military Times | November 11, 2012

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki vows that major improvements are just over the horizon for veterans seeking benefits and health care. Read More »

VA Health Care Facilities Named To 2013 “Most Wired” Hospitals List

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | July 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. Read More »

VA Hires Over 1600 Mental Health Professionals To Meet Goal

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | June 3, 2013

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama's Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. Read More »

VA Integrates mHealth Into Daily Care, Gives iPads To Vets

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | July 19, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started several pilot programs to study the impact of mHealth on the health care of its post-9/11 veteran population. [...] Read More »

VA Launches New Hotline For Women Veterans

Patricia Kime | Navy Times | April 29, 2013

As part of an ongoing campaign to appeal to female veterans, the Veterans Affairs Department last week established a hotline exclusively for women to answer questions about services like health care, education benefits and claims. Read More »

VA Launches Two mHealth Pilot Programs

Greg Slabodkin | FierceMobileHealthcare | July 17, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially launched mHealth pilot projects to test the technology prior to national release and to "ensure that the veteran experience is optimized," according to an announcement from the VA. Read More »

VA Looks To Apply Innovation To Better Care And Service For Veterans

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | February 21, 2013

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new innovation center to solve big problems. Read More »

VA Marks The 10-Year Anniversary Of My HealtheVet

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | November 26, 2013

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet (, the Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all Veterans and Servicemembers to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and services online. [...] Read More »

VA Names Scheduling App Contest Winners

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 14, 2013

The Veterans Health Administration is looking for a new medical scheduling application — and now it has a range of choices from an app design competition. Read More »

VA Networks Besieged By Foreign Attackers, IG Says

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | June 4, 2013

Foreign attackers have repeatedly penetrated Veterans Affairs Department networks for at least the past three years, potentially gaining access to millions of unencrypted veterans records and other sensitive databases, according to House lawmakers and VA inspector general auditors. Read More »