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Army Labs Researching Shrapnel Effects, Treatments

Defense Department doctors are examining the effect depleted uranium and other metals have on wounded warriors in order to improve patient care, the American Forces Press Service reports. The Joint Pathology Center’s Biophysical Toxicology and Depleted Uranium/Embedded Metal Fragment Laboratories branch is conducting research of shrapnel taken from service members. …

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VA Plans to Stop In-Home Telehealth Copays

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to eliminate copays for in-home telehealth services starting on May 7, Mobi Health News reports. In a Federal Register notice, the VA said it will stop the copays unless it receives compelling negative complaints. The VA said it hopes the mandate will increase access …

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Pentagon Transitioning to New Military Health System

The Defense Department is in the transitional phase of implementing its new military health system, Federal News Radio reports. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the new system in early March. Structural changes include establishing a Defense Health Agency, appointing market managers to monitor the system and placing a subordinate …

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VA, Pentagon Introducing Early EHR System in 2014

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ merged electronic health records system could be available at two facilities as early as 2014, according to FierceGovernment IT. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said Wednesday that the joint electronic health records system will rollout to two facilities in San Antonio and Hampton Roads, Va. …

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Navy Holds Health Service Assessment Conference

The Navy held an event to generate support for its Expeditionary Health Service Support Capability Based Assessment, according to a Thursday Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs press release. The conference was held from March 19 to 21 and attracted nearly 100 medical and operational specialists who gathered …

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Pentagon Proposes New Military Healthcare Agency to Congress

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reported the Pentagon’s plans to integrate Military Health System operations to Congress Friday. The report includes three modifications to the current structure of the MHS. The plan includes establishing the Defense Health Agency, which Carter said will accept all TRICARE management responsibilities and assume liability for …

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VA’s $3B IT Budget Request Focuses on Maintenance, Integrated Health Record System

The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested $3.37 billion for its information technology budget and plans to set aside $1.45 billion for IT systems maintenance, NextGov reports. The amount requested for IT system maintenance increased $80 million from the 2012 budget. The VA’s IT systems are comprised of 360,000 desktop computers, 70,000 printers, 40,000 laptops …

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Report: VA to Roll Out Patient Wi-Fi Network

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to install patient wireless systems in all 152 of its hospitals, according to NextGov. Michael Lay, service delivery director for VA’s Southern and Midwest regionaoperations, told NextGov the agency aims to implement a nationwide patient Wi-Fi system. The VA started a procurement this week …

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VHA Looks to Have ER Triage Tablet by August

The Veterans Health Administration said it hopes to have emergency room triage software up and running by August, Fierce Mobile Healthcare reports. Orlando, Fla.-based DSHI Systems has provided the VHA with a call-center based triage service for 12 years. The VHA selected DHSI to develop triage software ER nurses can …

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