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DoD, VA Establish Two Multi-Institutional Consortia To Research PTSD And TBI

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | August 10, 2013

In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the [DoD and VA] highlighted today the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) over a five-year period. Read More »

DoD, VA Failing To Treat Military Sexual Trauma, Veterans Testify

Patricia Kime | Marine Corps Times | July 19, 2013

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are failing to provide adequate mental health services to troops and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual assault — a deficiency that contributes to lifelong struggles [...]. Read More »

DOD, VA Officials Defend Progress In Rare Joint Hearing

Amber Corrin | FCW | July 11, 2013

Amid criticism of deficient leadership, officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs on July 10 reiterated their commitment to an electronic health records-sharing program during a joint hearing between the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees in Washington. Read More »

DoD, VA Pick A Vendor For Integrated EHR Project

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | October 21, 2013

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are once again trying to get their integrated EHR (iEHR) project off the ground.  Last week, the departments announced that Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS) has been a re-compete contract to tackle the convoluted quest to increase interoperability between the two vast legacy systems. Read More »

DoD, VA To Expand Health Data Exchange Pilot

Ken Terry | InformationWeek | October 30, 2012

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plan to expand their virtual lifetime electronic record (VLER) pilot, which began a year ago in 11 sites across the country. Read More »

DSI’s 5th DoD/VA iEHR And HIE Summit Will Reconvene September 30 –October 1, 2013 In Washington, D.C. At The Carnegie Library At Mt. Vernon Square

Press Release | Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) | July 8, 2013

Defense Strategies Institute recently announced that it will reconvene their highly regarded DoD/VA iEHR & HIE Summit September 30, 2013 at The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, Washington, D.C. [...] Read More »

E-Records Project Taken From DoD Health Office

Tom Philpott | | May 3, 2013

After five years and an estimated $1 billion spent trying to build a single integrated electronic health record (iEHR) system with the Department of Veterans Affairs, defense health officials have been taken off the project, sources confirm. Read More »

EHI CCIO: Take In A New VistA

Carl Reynolds | eHealth Insider | April 12, 2012

The aim of the EHI CCIO Campaign is helping to develop the next generation of clinical information leaders. To provide a junior doctor’s perspective, Carl Reynolds, a self-professed IT enthusiast, is writing a column for EHI on NHS IT. In his third column, he discusses VistA, and why he thinks it should be adopted in the NHS. Read More »

EHR And The VA: Part I – History

Kathy Tong | EHR Intelligence | April 19, 2013

One of the earliest EHR pioneers was the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA started its shift from a paper-based to computer-based records system in the 1980s (ideas for it were discussed a decade earlier). Called the Decentralized Hospital Computer Program (DHCP), the system was designed to bring consistent, standardized patient data into a locally centralized repository. Read More »

EHR And The VA: Part II – My HealtheVet

Staff Writer | EHR Intelligence | April 30, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a pioneer in the widespread, successful deployment of EHR, offers veterans access to their personal health records. [...] Hailed as a useful resource by many, the system has had its problems; the most serious ones have been fixed. Read More »

Electronic Medical Records Hold Clues To Suicide Risk

Mitch Mirkin | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | September 5, 2013

Natural language processing — part of the technology that makes Google work — could help VA detect suicide risk among Veterans. Read More »

Evaluation Of The Lovell Federal Health Care Center Merger: Findings, Conclusions, And Recommendations

Press Release | Institute of Medicine | October 16, 2012

This report finds that initial implementation of the Lovell FHCC has provided important lessons about how to integrate VA and DoD health care services and has identified remaining obstacles that the departments could overcome to make such mergers more effective and less costly to implement. The IOM recommends that the VA and the DoD develop a comprehensive evaluation plan to objectively judge its success or failure, with measurable criteria, that would provide essential knowledge for both the Lovell FHCC and future endeavors.

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Experts To Discuss Latest Advances In Veterans' Mental Health Treatment At Congressional Briefing

Press Release | American Psychological Association (APA) | July 22, 2013

Traumatic brain injury, phantom limb pain, depression, ptsd, among topics... Read More »

Experts Tout Blue Button As Enabling Information Exchange Between Medical Provider And Patient

Bill Toland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 23, 2013

Get a group of tech-savvy physicians and electronic medical records experts in a room, ask them about the way forward, and the subject of the Blue Button is sure to come up. Read More »

Fate Of Veterans' Clinics In Limbo As Budget Cutting Looms

Staff Writer | The Associated Press | March 3, 2013

A veterans' health clinic in Brick, N.J., is in such disrepair that when the snow gets heavy, patients have to go elsewhere for fear the roof might collapse. Another in San Antonio has extensive mildew and mold problems that could prove a health hazard for employees and patients in the coming years. Read More »