Veterans Affairs

By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2013
Corrine McIsaac, president and CEO, Health Outcomes Worldwide; Nova Scotia Deputy Premier Frank Corbett (Photo Credit: Vaughan Merchant) Canadian company Health Outcomes Worldwide, which uses mobile tools and record-keeping to promote healthcare best practices, has received a $1.5 million investment from the provincial government of Nova Scotia, bringing the company's total public funding to $2....
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2012
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association A newly published randomized controlled trial study suggests that using mobile devices for self-tracking and feedback could be a cost-effective way to scale successful weight loss programs that include a face-to-face component. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and completed in September 2010 at a...
By Neil Versel 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 Chris Gullo November 29, 2011
Mobile risk management (MRM) software provider Fixmo raised a total of $23 million in its third round of funding. Previous investor Paladin Capital Group led the round, which included participation from new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Horizons Ventures. MRM is emerging within healthcare, including the government, as physicians express their desire to use personally-bought...
By Chris Gullo November 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had inked a deal with American Well to deploy the telehealth vendor's online care system for veterans, particularly those in rural areas of the US. American Well's service will enable veterans and their care providers to have online consultations via video, text, and phone messaging. The VA is creating three online practices to make...
By Chris Gullo October 26, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to acquires as many as 100,000 tablets, primarily for use by their medical clinicians staff, marking one of the largest such deployments by a civilian agency, according to a bulletin on the government's Federal Business Opportunities website. The VA is also seeking vendors to help them secure the devices. The VA plans to deploy a number...
By Brian Dolan June 30, 2010
During the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee hearing on wireless health technologies this past week, Colonel Ronald Poropatich, M.D., Deputy Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center U.S. Army Medical Research, provided fresh statistics about adoption of its mobile health application, mCare for wounded warriors. "As of 1 June 2010, mCare has delivered over 18,500...
By Brian Dolan February 19, 2010
$163M for telehealth in 2011: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed an increase to its home telehealth budget program: For 2009 it was $72 million and the agency wants to bump it up to $163 million for 2011, according to a reportin Federal Computer Week. More Startup offers alcohol tracker device: VentureBeat reports on startup, Alcosystems, which was on display at the Mobile World...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
While The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced plans to suspend a number of its health IT projects, reports of one mobile phone-based EKG trial illustrated the kind of innovations the VA has been incubating. One of Sprint's and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's key healthcare partners, mVisum is working with the VA to test a system that aims to get critical medical information to...
By Brian Dolan July 20, 2009
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week plans to temporarily halt 45 IT projects that are either behind schedule or over budget to assess whether the VA should continue pursuing them. The VA determined using its Program Management Accountability System (PMAS) that the projects had missed some of their customer delivery dates and therefore probably had issues that needed to be...