Military Health

DOD shuns Web-only brain injury tools

The Pentagon is upgrading its chief brain injury assessment tool, but some officials are criticizing its reliability.

DOD/VA Health records project yielding important lessons

The joint health data exchange pilot project between the Defense and the Veterans Affairs departments is still in its early phases, but already has taught valuable lessons about interoperability, government officials working on the project say.

VA and industry join to develop health record strategy

The VA's CIO has asked an industry group to advise the department on whether to deploy the VistA digital health record system more broadly to private hospitals and providers.

IG faults VA for mismanagement of IT project

The failure of the VA's RSA project is due more to systemic IT management problems than to contracting issues, according to a new report from the IG's office.

VA blames coding error for fatal disease scare

The VA now blames computer coding error for wrongly informing about 620 veterans that they have the fatal Lou Gehrig's disease.

VA wrongly tells vets they have a fatal disease

The VA mistakenly notified as many as 1,200 veterans that they have the fatal Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a veterans service group.

GAO: VA, DOD said slow on sharing health data

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have made progress on health care data interoperability but still fall short in some areas, a new report says.

VA seeks contractors for paperless benefits system

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to award multiple contracts to develop its paperless benefits project.

Military health records project set to expand

A Defense Department pilot program designed for easy access to medical files could propel government and military recordkeeping into the 21st century, a CIO said.

GAO: Better management needed for e-health project

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on electronic health records interoperability, but the project's management needs to be improved, the Government Accountability Office said.

Military Health System launches social media hub

The Military Health System has launched a social media hub that allows easy access to the system's presence on several social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

VA, DOD to create lifetime e-record

President Barack Obama said VA and DOD are moving toward a single, lifetime electronic health record for active-duty service members and veterans.

VA, DOD will share patient records

The two departments will meet a Sept. 30 deadline for single, interoperable electronic health record, said a senior interagency program official.

Federal 100 winner: Dr. S. Ward Casscells

Casscells introduced a new communications strategy for the Military Health System that uses Web 2.0 technologies to improve patient outcomes, family connections and agency performance.

Administration asks for $20.5 billion increase for defense

The Defense Department’s acquisition process will be reformed under the White House’s proposed budget.

Auditors: DOD, VA need measures to track electronic health record progress

The departments plan to be able to fully share their health information by Sept. 30.

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