April 15, 2013
At the daylong RFID & RTLS in Healthcare Symposium this past month at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, experts discussed how wireless technology is transforming how some hospitals operate - and made the case that it has an even more pivotal role to play in the hospitals of the future.
February 27, 2013
Office of Emergency Management of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, Mich., has awarded a contract to Troop Health Initiatives for the JEMS Technology Disaster Relief Telehealth System.
February 26, 2013
San Diego-based Humetrix has expanded the ways patients and physicians can exchange health records via its iBlueButton app using not only iPhones and iPads but also Android devices with secure Quick Response code to transfer the patient's Blue Button record between systems.
February 21, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has tapped HP Enterprise Services and Intelligent InSites for a $543 million contract to deploy real-time locating system technology in VA medical centers nationwide.
February 20, 2013
Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker and CTO Peter Levin are both leaving the agency after three years. Levin and Baker's tenure came as the VA was in the midst of serving thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to streamline healthcare and disability benefits in the digital age.
January 30, 2013
A new House bill introduced on Dec. 30 that would expand telehealth services in Medicare and Medicaid programs has garnered the support of the American Telemedicine Association.
January 10, 2013
Everyone likes a good competition, particularly with a potential $9 million gold carrot available to the victors. On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a challenge for software developers to create a new medical scheduling system for the VA's nationwide health system.
January 03, 2013
A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that, if passed, would expand telehealth services in Medicare and Medicaid programs has garnered the support of The American Telemedicine Association.
January 01, 2013
Telehealth used to be something few people knew about, or understood. Today, it is fast taking its place as a major aspect of healthcare, according to experts at the National eHealth Collaborative's Technology Crossroads Conference in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 27.
December 07, 2012
In a Thursday press conference, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, announced they intend to expedite the electronic health record rollout for the Veterans benefits management system.
December 05, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs is slated to create a separate repository for its fully open source Gold Disk version of its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system to assure a common software baseline compared with the 133 instances of VistA operating at its hospitals and clinics across the country.
November 27, 2012
The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 26, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to participate in the Million Veterans Program, a research warehouse bringing together electronic health records with data from genomics and molecular biology.
November 01, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to double the reach of its telehealth program in the coming year, aiming to reach twice as many veterans nationwide and offering new and expanded services.
October 25, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs has laid out a roadmap toward meaningful use certification of its VistA EHR system, with a version that's being updated and improved in the OSEHRA open source community.
October 22, 2012
The Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software, kicked off its First Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop. The event is the culmination of a year of growth for OSEHRA, which was launched as a result of an agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense in 2011. OSEHRA's goal is to drive rapid innovation in electronic health records and health IT through an open source software process involving the community of software developers, clinicians, business leaders and other practitioners. The creation of OSEHRA is part of the Veterans Administration's effort to capitalize on its extensive history with Open Source EHRs to improve care and lower costs while simultaneously advancing care delivery beyond its own system.
September 28, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to formally award a contract for mobile device manager software by Sept. 30. The technology will enable VA to ultimately support up to 100,000 devices and allow employees and clinicians to use their own devices.
September 04, 2012
One million patients are now registered for Blue Button, and are using it to access their personal health records, officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week.
August 03, 2012
Robert Kolodner, MD, admits to keeping a low profile following his stint as interim National Coordinator for Health IT, a position he left in 2009 after a 31-year government career - three years at ONC, and before that 28 at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As chief informatics officer at VA, he led the development of VistA, the department’s open-source electronic health record.
August 03, 2012
In order to make big strides in healthcare IT – and particularly within the new collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Georgia Tech – Steve Rushing advocates taking small, smart steps.