VA

March 29, 2018
President Donald Trump ousted Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, from his role on Wednesday after months of turmoil within the agency and reports the secretary had fallen from the president’s graces. The president made the announcement on Twitter, saying that he will nominate his personal physician Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson to replace Shulkin. Robert Wilkie, Department...
By Dave Muoio March 19, 2018
Veterans with Type 2 diabetes who received remote consultations via telehealth achieved glycemic control that was similar to, but not quite on par with, those attending face-to-face visits. On the flip side, these patients were able to complete their diabetes consultations an average 27 days earlier, offering a potential model for those unable to conveniently receive in-person specialty care,...
By Dave Muoio March 16, 2018
Voice assistants are on the rise among European physicians with more than half of those practicing in major European countries either interested in or actively using these technologies, according to survey data collected by DRG Digital | Manhattan Research. According to the company, 56 percent of polled physicians said that they currently use or would like to use voice assistants in their work....
By Bill Siwicki March 12, 2018
A new study, sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, applied wearable biosensors to post-acute heart failure patients and deployed FDA-cleared analytics from vendor physIQ to detect vital sign anomalies. It demonstrated promising predictive power for artificial intelligence-based analytics in terms of sensitivity, specificity and early warning lead time – suggesting the potential to...
By Laura Lovett March 7, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs has joined the bandwagon of government agencies looking for outside innovators to help update its health technology systems.   In February, it became easier for private citizens to become involved when the department launched Lighthouse, an API that allows developers to create digital technology to build mobile and web apps that serve veterans.   With the latest...
By Dave Muoio February 22, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a research partnership with Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind that will tackle issues concerning patient deterioration during hospital care. Using a dataset comprised of 700,000 historical, de-personalized health records, the machine learning platform will help the VA identify risk factors for deterioration while predicting its onset. “Medicine is more...
February 14, 2018
Since his appointment in early 2017, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has made modernizing the agency a top priority. Shulkin has taken a number of steps to accomplish this, including the launch of the Anywhere to Anywhere initiative with President Trump in August 2017. The VA aims to use the program to allow agency medical providers to practice telehealth across...
January 4, 2018
The U.S. Senate passed the Veterans in E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act) on Wednesday evening, bipartisan legislation designed to expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ telehealth programs and allow VA providers to cross state lines to practice telemedicine. The legislation is crucial to the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth program introduced by VA Secretary Dr....
By Laura Lovett December 6, 2017
Potentia Lab, a behavior changing technology platform, today announced that it has won a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovation to develop its e-learning platform for veterans living with PTSD. The company's approach to treating PTSD uses positive psychology.  Dustin Milner, cofounder of Potentia, told MobiHealthNews the PTSD treatment at the VA is "wonderful"...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
When mobile users perform a Google search for PTSD or a related query on their mobile device, the search engine will now automatically offer them resources and a validated screening questionnaire for the condition.  The effort — a partnership between Google, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD — looks to increase the...

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