Supporting Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

U.S. suicide rates have surged in recent years. The age-adjusted suicide rate is up 24 percent from 1999 – 2014, according to a study released last year by the National Center for…

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Connected Care for the Patient using Direct Messaging

In an ongoing effort to provide the best patient care, healthcare facilities must stay current with the latest advances in health care technology. One of the fastest growing, and most effective tools…

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Modernization of VistA: A Way Forward

Between the 1980s and early 2000s, most of the Veterans Health Information Systems Technology and Architecture’s (VistA) infrastructure and application improvements focused on creating a world-class hospital information system (HIS) for the…

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Top Takeaways from the VistA Community Meeting

In last month’s VistA Community Meeting (VCM), industry thought leaders met to discuss issues and strategies for modernizing VistA—a tried-and-true electronic health record (EHR). The top takeaways from these insightful conversations include:…

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HIMSS16 takeaways and insights: Keeping the big topics in mind for long-term plans

With the dust finally settled after a productive HIMSS16, you may find yourself wondering where to start. We’d like to offer some insights on this year’s main goals—tackling some of the industry’s…

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Improving Performance Outcomes with VistA

In an ongoing effort to ensure that VistA ─ the Hospital Information System (HIS) and electronic health record (EHR) for veteran health data ─ remains a best of breed enterprise system, the…

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Enhancing women veterans’ care with effective care coordination

In the last two decades, the number of female veterans—and, subsequently, their need for healthcare—has risen significantly. Between 2000 and 2012 alone, female care delivery needs within the veteran’s administration (VA) increased…

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Improving DoD and VA Data sharing to enhance patient safety

Consider this scenario: A soldier wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom lost part of his arm in an explosion. He now wears a prosthetic forearm and hand, which must be maintained and refitted…

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Optimizing VistA: Making the #1 open source EHR work for you

Selecting the best electronic health record (EHR) for any healthcare organization is a matter of matching capabilities to overall needs. VistA’s open-source approach offers inherent advantages in that matching, delivered in a…

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Breakthrough Insights: Discussions and strategies for meeting healthcare’s shifting demands

With the existing lack of interoperability and data standards added to the numerous regulatory and market changes currently impacting how healthcare is delivered, the entire industry urgently needs a breakthrough. Since seamless…

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