Over 10 Years of Experience Implementing VistA in Commercial Healthcare Environments
Supporting Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month
This is third in a series of blog posts highlighting DSS’s experience and success stories supporting the VA and improving Veteran care and outcomes.
For more than 10 years, DSS has invested in enhancing VistA for all hospitals and health systems. This effort has involved the extensive fine-tuning of a proven and flexible health information system, which enables interoperability and ARRA Meaningful Use certification, as well as reduces cos
Enhancing women veterans’ care with effective care coordination
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 Health Statistics. Veterans are more at risk than the general public, facing roughly double the risk as the general population according to data from 2014. For every completed suicide, there are 25 attempts. Combatting this terrible toll on human life and potential is a top priority for the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). September is National Suicide Prevention month, and VA is determined to do all it can to fight this health crisis.
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 by 226%, a figure that only stands to rise as more active-duty women transition to veteran status. However, unlike their male counterparts who are aged 63 on average, nearly 80 percent of female veterans are under the age of 40 and therefore still of child-bearing age.