Opioid Safety Initiative Drives Down Prescriptions for High-Dose Painkillers

Opioid Safety Initiative Drives Down Prescriptions for High-Dose Painkillers

Thanks to a national initiative begun at the VHA in 2013, fewer veterans are receiving prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers.
Mar 10, 2017 | 1 comment | View Post
New Surveillance Registry Helps VA Provide Consistent Care to MS Patients

New Surveillance Registry Helps VA Provide Consistent Care to MS Patients

After several years of development and testing, the VA’s Multiple Sclerosis Surveillance Registry (MSSR) is ready for rollout — and that means veterans are likely
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Infectious Disease Specialist Uses Telehealth for Rural Veterans With HIV

Infectious Disease Specialist Uses Telehealth for Rural Veterans With HIV

Veterans living in rural areas face a lot of challenges, the most common of which is having to travel long distances to access VA medical
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You are confined only by the walls you build yourself

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself

The free, efficient and unobstructed flow of information is critical both in business and medicine.
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  • VA Might Yet Move to Commercial EHR System

    VA Might Yet Move to Commercial EHR System

    After years of working to modernize its electronic health record internally, a senior IT official indicated last month that a shift to a commercial EHR is the likely path forward for VA.

    Mar 10, 2017 | View Article

  • Brachytherapy Usage Decreases in Prostate Cancer

    While several prior studies have suggested that brachytherapy utilization has significantly decreased as intensity modulated radiation therapy usage has increased, a group of VA researchers sought to investigate brachytherapy utilization in a large, hospital-based registry.

    Mar 10, 2017 | View Article

  • Other Recent Articles

  • MS or Chronic Multisymptom Illness? Making the Tricky Diagnosis in Recent Veterans

    MS or Chronic Multisymptom Illness? Making the Tricky Diagnosis in Recent Veterans

    Diagnosing multiple sclerosis in its early stages can be difficult in the best of circumstances.

    Mar 10, 2017 | View Article

  • Battlefield Genitourinary Damage Alters Lives Beyond Physical Injuries

    Battlefield Genitourinary Damage Alters Lives Beyond Physical Injuries

    Recent improvements in battlefield medical care have allowed more servicemembers to survive devastating injuries.

    Mar 10, 2017 | View Article

  • Vaccine Cuts By Half Medical Visits for Influenza-Associated Illnesses

    Early estimates indicate that this year’s influenza vaccine effectiveness reduced the risk for associated medical visits by about half.

    Feb 28, 2017 | View Article

  • Frailty Not Significant Factor in Flu Vaccine Response

    Influenza vaccine response is affected both by preexisting immunity to influenza and older age, according to a new study, which pointed out that frailty, an indicator of functional impairment in older adults, also has been shown to be a factor in one study of non-veterans.

    Feb 28, 2017 | View Article

  • Beware of Mimics in Diagnosing, Treating Influenza

    Influenza can present with a wide range of symptoms which overlap with several life-threatening conditions.

    Feb 28, 2017 | View Article

  • VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

    VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

    House lawmakers wasted no time beginning the 115th Congress last month with legislation addressing VA accountability.

    Feb 14, 2017 | View Article