VistA Support and Integration Expertise – Continued
Supporting Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month
This is fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting DSS’s experience and success stories supporting the VA and improving Veteran care and outcomes.
DSS, Inc. is without question the premier integrator of commercial software with VistA. In this article, we’ll focus in on the experience our team has in providing proven infrastructure support to the VA.
Connected Care for the Patient using Direct Messaging
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.
Improving Performance Outcomes with VistA
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 in the industry is Direct Messaging. Think of it as “encrypted email” for health care records, allowing health care providers and other trusted users to safely and securely exchange patient information. In a recent article the DirectTrust Organization, a health care industry alliance created by and for participants in the Direct exchange network, demonstrated just how rapidly and expansively Direct Messaging is growing.
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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuously exploring modernization initiatives to keep pace with the changing landscape. This landscape is focused on patient centered care models, healthcare industry regulations and provider workflows.