VA

By Bill Siwicki September 29, 2017
A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed rule would allow VA telehealth providers to more easily administer care across state lines. “The Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA healthcare providers through telehealth,” states the proposed rule, which will officially be published Oct. 2. “This rule would ensure...
By Tom Sullivan August 4, 2017
President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, on Wednesday introduced a new app, part of a plan to build out telehealth tools and services for veterans, and foretold rules that would make virtual care more accessible. Trump said the VA, along with the American Office of Innovation, which his son-in-law Jared Kushner runs, are working to improve care transitions between the...
July 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Midwest Health Care Network signed a collaborative agreement with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, to provide five military treatment facilities with access to the VA’s Tele-ICU capabilities, the VA announced this week. The agreement covers Air Force patients in Las Vegas; Hampton, Virginia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Anchorage, Alaska...
By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2017
More on Google DeepMind’s patient data misconduct. Google DeepMind’s partnership with the NHS is back in the news again as some new information emerged in the form of a leaked letter from National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott to the director of the Royal Free Hospital, where DeepMind’s apps were tested. The letter, published by Sky News, gives a glimpse into the UK government’s ongoing...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2017
Stanley launches mobile app for seniors. Stanley Healthcare, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, has added a mobile app component to its Arial Emergency Call platform. The Arial app is designed as a better way for caregivers to be notified when a senior activates the platform via a pendant or a wall-mounted call station. The app makes it easier for caregivers to identify notifications, take...
By Jonah Comstock November 11, 2016
The unexpected election of Donald Trump who, as a candidate, was weak on specific policy promises, has mired a lot of industries in uncertainty about their future, but perhaps none more so than healthcare. The Republican party has long sought to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has affected most parts of the healthcare landscape since it was passed in 2010...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
IBM Watson Health announced that its Watson for Oncology program, trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, will be rolled out to 21 hospitals throughout China. The initial 21-hospital introduction is the beginning of a multi-year partnership through which IBM's Chinese partner Hangzhou CognitiveCare will introduce Watson for Oncology to hospitals across China. More. CareMore Health System ...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2016
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been accused of misusing $51.9 million in government appropriations to fund the development and rollout of its suite of mobile health apps, MeriTalk reported, citing an unreleased preliminary inspector general report. According to MeriTalk, when the VA launched its family caregiver app initiative in 2012, the department had insufficient IT funds, partly...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a rough couple of years. The year 2014 saw the VA come under fire for an inefficient system that left tens of thousands of patients facing long waits for care with some even dying as a result. The silver lining of this crisis, Under Secretary for Health and VA Chief Executive Dr. David Shulkin said at the American Telemedicine Association annual...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2015
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employs a few key principles to engage its population with mobile health tools, according to Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of the VA connected health department who spokes at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference this week. One of the principles the VA focuses on, though Evans admits it is a very basic one, is knowing its customer. "Our customer is the...