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Heartbleed hasn't shaken healthcare software development methods
By Joseph Conn | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Open-source software development is retaining the support of many healthcare information technology users, developers and security professionals despite the recent issues raised by the discovery of the Heartbleed vulnerability.
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Congress unhappy with Defense Dept., VA health records progress
By Military Times (Springfield, Va.) | April 17, 2014
House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic health records.
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Pittsburgh-area hospitals, VA eye records exchange
By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 09, 2014
UPMC in Pittsburgh and several other regional hospitals could soon be swapping patient records with the Veterans Affairs Department, part of an ongoing VA effort to share medical charts with community hospitals.
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Florida VA hospitals to be inspected on governor's order
By Virgil Dickson | April 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday asked Elizabeth Dudek, secretary of the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration, to inspect U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the state because of suspicions that a series of preventable deaths may have occurred in those hospitals.
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VA will vie to supply Defense Dept. EHR system
By Joseph Conn | March 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Veteran Affairs Department plans to enter what is likely to be a multibillion-dollar competition to supply an electronic health-record system to the Defense Department's Military Health System.
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Reform Update: VA research pinpoints most costly combos of chronic conditions
By Melanie Evans | February 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New research from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department found that VA patients who have at least three chronic conditions account for a disproportionate share of total medical costs. The study pinpointed which combinations of chronic conditions were most expensive.
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Defense Department EHRs help VA disability claims
By Belvoir Eagle (Stafford, Va.) | February 13, 2014
The Defense Department has made troops' health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a Defense Department health information technology official said.
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Blue Button wins new converts as pharmacy chains, groups sign on
By Joseph Conn | February 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Five national retail pharmacy chains and three pharmacy associations have joined the Blue Button movement, committing to use the federally developed protocols allowing patients to download their health records.
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Vital Signs
VA blazes trail for mobile medical technology
By Joseph Conn | January 17, 2014
One assumption made about big bureaucracies is they're Luddites, always behind the times.That's not exactly the case for the Veterans Health Administration, the healthcare arm of one of the largest federal bureaucracies, the Veterans Affairs Department.
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Vital Signs
No evidence that messaging portals reduce costs, improve outcomes, review of studies shows
By Andis Robeznieks | November 21, 2013
A key to the patient-centered medical home model is enhanced patient-physician communication—often through using a secure-messaging portal connected to an electronic health record. But according to a systematic review of 46 studies published over 22 years, there is insufficient evidence that...
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