Veterans Affairs

By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits. San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to develop, innovate, and scale its mobile health initiatives according to a new report published in the Washington Post. The bulk of the Post's report focuses on Give an Hour, a nonprofit that connects veterans with free mental health sessions offered by volunteer professionals. The app uses telehealth to facilitate these sessions: it previously...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2014
A California hospital has begun requiring certain patients use a wearable remote patient monitoring device in order to comply with internal patient safety protocols. Chino Valley Medical Center is employing the Leaf Patient Monitoring System from Pleasanton-based Leaf Healthcare. The sensor monitors patient movement in bed, then uses that data to calculate when the patient needs to be turned to...
By Neil Versel October 17, 2013
A company with a background in emergency alerts and crisis communications is entering the commercial healthcare market by adapting a system previously designed for government operations and by introducing a safety app for home health workers. AtHoc, of San Mateo, California, this week launched AtHoc Home Care Alerts, a system for monitoring the whereabouts and safety of home caregivers and the...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2013
Corrine McIsaac, president and CEO, Health Outcomes Worldwide; Nova Scotia Deputy Premier Frank Corbett (Photo Credit: Vaughan Merchant) Canadian company Health Outcomes Worldwide, which uses mobile tools and record-keeping to promote healthcare best practices, has received a $1.5 million investment from the provincial government of Nova Scotia, bringing the company's total public funding to $2....
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2012
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association A newly published randomized controlled trial study suggests that using mobile devices for self-tracking and feedback could be a cost-effective way to scale successful weight loss programs that include a face-to-face component. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and completed in September 2010 at a...
By Neil Versel May 30, 2012
Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker may have circumvented around some federal protocols in deploying iPhones and iPads to VA personnel, but he did not violate strict security standards, according to an audit by the department's Office of Inspector General. In rolling out mobile devices to physicians and other VA personnel last year, the department knew that neither Apple iOS nor the...
By Chris Gullo November 29, 2011
Mobile risk management (MRM) software provider Fixmo raised a total of $23 million in its third round of funding. Previous investor Paladin Capital Group led the round, which included participation from new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Horizons Ventures. MRM is emerging within healthcare, including the government, as physicians express their desire to use personally-bought...
By Chris Gullo November 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had inked a deal with American Well to deploy the telehealth vendor's online care system for veterans, particularly those in rural areas of the US. American Well's service will enable veterans and their care providers to have online consultations via video, text, and phone messaging. The VA is creating three online practices to make...
By Chris Gullo October 26, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to acquires as many as 100,000 tablets, primarily for use by their medical clinicians staff, marking one of the largest such deployments by a civilian agency, according to a bulletin on the government's Federal Business Opportunities website. The VA is also seeking vendors to help them secure the devices. The VA plans to deploy a number...

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