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.
Thanks to a national initiative begun at the VHA in 2013, fewer veterans are receiving prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers.
After the release of the SPRINT research in 2015, the question about treating hypertension in older adults appeared to be, “How low can you go?”
David J. Shulkin, MD, stepped into the role of VA secretary last month after receiving unanimous support from the U.S. Senate.
About half of veterans with low-risk prostate cancer receive imaging not called for in clinical guidelines, according to a new study.
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.
While, at the population level, obesity is associated with prostate cancer (PC) mortality, little information is available on how obesity affects long-term PC-specific outcomes after initial treatment, according to a study in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.
Late last month, the VA introduced a tiered pharmacy benefit designed to decrease the cost of outpatient medications for most veterans.
Diagnosing multiple sclerosis in its early stages can be difficult in the best of circumstances.
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 to receive more consistent and better coordinated care.
Veterans whose combat-related trauma left them infertile now have access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment covered by VA, thanks to implementation of a new interim final rule.
Recent improvements in battlefield medical care have allowed more servicemembers to survive devastating injuries.
Army recruits with low fitness levels, extra body fat or both are at higher risk of asthma diagnosis in the first two years of military service, according to a recent study.
Recent U.S. veterans have high rates of potentially harmful environmental exposures which are linked to an increased likelihood of respiratory conditions, such as asthma.
Failing to follow international guidelines on treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t always bad medicine, a new study reported.
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 care.
The free, efficient and unobstructed flow of information is critical both in business and medicine.
Early estimates indicate that this year’s influenza vaccine effectiveness reduced the risk for associated medical visits by about half.
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.
Influenza can present with a wide range of symptoms which overlap with several life-threatening conditions.
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