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....
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"...
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...
November 9, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 on Tuesday, which will allow Department of Veterans Affairs’ providers to cross state lines to practice telemedicine.
The bipartisan legislation received overwhelming support from Congress, trade groups and providers when introduced this fall.
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...
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...
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...