Department of Veterans Affairs

By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2018
Patients of doctors who participated in a Veteran Affairs-run telemedicine consultation program were 54 percent more likely to survive chronic liver disease than a matched cohort of patients of non-participating doctors, according to a new retrospective study from the University of Michigan. “It seems that primary care providers who participated in [the program] were more likely to follow the...
By Laura Lovett May 1, 2018
Despite the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest healthcare system in the country, for a lot of veterans coming into to a clinic is difficult. It would be impossible for a clinic to be in every veteran's neighborhood — that’s where telemedicine comes in.  At the American Telemedicine Association conference in Chicago, clinicians came together to discuss how video-to-home...
By MobiHealthNews April 13, 2018
Last quarter, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs have both continued to seek public and private partnerships and investigate new technology. Despite controversy over the firing of former VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin, and external criticism from former Vice President Joe Biden toward the Trump administration for taking too long with...
By Laura Lovett April 2, 2018
Aneesh Chopra said that the healthcare industry needs to start looking at privacy and ethics, especially in the midst of recent Cambridge Analytics and Facebook problems.  That is as true among upstarts and innovators as anywhere else. Chopra, who is the president of Care Journey and formerly served as White House CTO under President Barack Obama, explained that it is important for digital health...
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 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...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2018
Healthcare was a much anticipated topic in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address — in fact, a Politico poll showed that 82 percent of Americans wanted to hear the president address the healthcare system over other divisive discussion points. While he did briefly touch on some healthcare related topics, like making drugs more affordable and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's...
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"...

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