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By Dave Muoio 11:50 am November 20, 2019
The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a regional rollout that it will make a connected device for diabetic foot ulcer detection available to veterans across the country as of December 1. The platform, developed by Somerville, Massachusetts-based Podimetrics, is already being used at 15 of the department’s medical centers, and according to the VA will also be included in an...
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am November 6, 2019
Ten months after announcing plans, and just shy of a year after those plans originally leaked, Apple and the Department of Veterans Affairs have completed the rollout of Apple Health Records to any iOS users among the more than 9 million veterans in the US and surrounding territories. “We have delivered veterans an innovative new way to easily and securely access their health information,” VA...
By Dave Muoio 12:35 pm June 5, 2019
Department of Veteran Affairs clinics that offered HIV patients telehealth programs found modest improvements in population-level viral suppression despite a low utilization rate of roughly one in eight patients, according to a study published last month in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. “Our findings describe the impact of HIV telehealth programs implemented as quality improvement programs in...
Mike Monthervil, US Army veteran (front), and Jamie Kaplan, recreation therapist at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, play a video game using an Xbox Adaptive Controller, set up with buttons and switches. Photo credit: Jeff Young Photography/Microsoft.
By Dave Muoio 11:34 am April 30, 2019
Thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, military personnel with mobility and manual dexterity limitations will have a new way to participate in video game-based rehabilitation therapies. According to a blog post published this morning, Microsoft will be donating its Xbox Adaptive Controller — a modular hub that connects third-party switches,...
By Dave Muoio 12:22 pm February 11, 2019
Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, is officially coming to US veterans courtesy of a Department of Veterans Affairs partnership announced by Apple this morning in a blog post. Soon, veterans receiving their care through the government organization will have access to a portable aggregated record of their...
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Pedestrians walk by a T-Mobile store on April 24, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jonah Comstock 02:42 pm December 10, 2018
As part of a larger Department of Defense contract, wireless carrier T-Mobile will be providing 70,000 lines of wireless service to the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the availability of telehealth services to veterans, the company announced today. “Deploying this type of service across all of our locations not only connects VHA staff with the people and data they need, it makes them...
By Laura Lovett 04:15 pm December 6, 2018
This morning medical communications company Spok announced that it inked a deal with Standard Communications to expand its Spok Care Connect messaging service to more VA healthcare systems.  Spok's system specifically ensures secure messaging within the hospital system. It allows providers to send secure text messages, set preferences and encrypt paging. It can also assist in physician and nurse...
By Laura Lovett 01:22 pm November 21, 2018
When Apple launched Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, in the spring, it sparked conversations about consumers’ access to health records and the entrance of major tech companies into the healthcare space.  Now the Department of Veterans Affairs is in talks with the Silicon Valley tech giant about the...
By Jonah Comstock 01:56 pm September 13, 2018
Dr. Kelly Gebo, a Johns Hopkins professor and expert on HIV research, has joined NIH's All of Us Research Program in the key role of Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. Gebo will "lead the program's scientific agenda" according to the NIH, with a particular focus on including under-represented populations.  “Kelly has the right combination of research skills, leadership experience, and passion...
By Dave Muoio 06:03 am July 19, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health have announced a one-year extension to an ongoing public-private partnership applying the AI company’s technology to genomic data for cancer therapy. The precision oncology collaboration has so far assisted the treatment of more than 2,700 veterans, according to a statement, although the original agreement in 2016 had proposed the lofty...