VA

By Neil Versel 02:30 pm May 30, 2012
Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker may have circumvented around some federal protocols in deploying iPhones and iPads to VA personnel, but he did not violate strict security standards, according to an audit by the department's Office of Inspector General. In rolling out mobile devices to physicians and other VA personnel last year, the department knew that neither Apple iOS nor the...
By Neil Versel 03:49 am March 27, 2012
A recent decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to start covering preventive screening for depression and alcohol abuse is paving the way for wider use of a mobile app that helps primary care physicians find signs of mental illness that might otherwise be missed. As part of healthcare reform efforts, CMS said in October that it would pay for annual screenings for both...
By Brian Dolan 10:51 am January 4, 2012
About 76 percent of small- and medium-sized medical and dentals offices plan to purchase tablets in the next year, according to research firm NPD Group's recently published Third Quarter SMB Technology Report. What's more, these practices expect to spend about $6,800 on tablets, NPD told DOTmed news. NPD conducted the survey in September 2011. NPD's report has a much broader focus. The key...
By Brian Dolan 12:18 pm September 22, 2010
Telus health in Canda: Cisco Canada: "In the space of one year, many health-care executives have gone from being unsure about wireless as a primarily delivery mode for network access to clinical and administrative applications to being convinced it's the route to go." Calgary Herald Lactic acid monitoring: Echo Therapeutics, which has developed a wireless, non-invasive transdermal continuous...
By Brian Dolan 05:25 am October 5, 2009
“The thing that I find so ironic about the whole health- care reform debate is that most of the tactics and strategies that are being talked about as far as how to change the system, all of those things have been in play at the VA for over a decade,” Kenneth Kizer, a former head of the Veterans Health Administration, told Bloomberg during a recent interview. While doctors who work for the VA don'...