What Will Be Cost of VA’s Legacy EHR System During Changeover?

What Will Be Cost of VA’s Legacy EHR System During Changeover?

WASHINGTON — As VA moves forward with the comprehensive overhaul of its electronic health records system, the department will still need to keep its legacy EHR system functioning well into the next decade. A recent Government Accountability Office report suggests, however, that the costs to do that—already totaling in the billions—may have been underestimated.

Genetic Mutations Affecting Response to Drugs Are Common in Veterans

Genetic Mutations Affecting Response to Drugs Are Common in Veterans

SALT LAKE CITY — A massive VA study revealed that 99% of veterans have at least one genetic mutation known to affect response to specific drugs, including some commonly prescribed antidepressants, anticoagulants, antivirals, oncology medications and statins. That raises the question of who should be tested for which variants and when, which has stirred lively debate within the VA.

Combat PTSD/TBI Increases Amygdala Size in Military Patients

SAN DIEGO — The region of the brain that processes fear, anxiety, aggression and similar emotions is larger in veterans and active-duty service members with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury than those with brain injuries only.

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