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The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in recent months have delivered grim statistics on military and veteran suicides. In a report earlier this year, the VA announced veterans committed suicide at a rate of 22 per day in 2010. Active-duty military suicides reached...
Much of the health information technology (HIT) today promotes patient communication to improve care and potentially lower costs. Some examples are interactive preventive health records (IPHR), e-prescribing, and electronic health records (EHR). Emerging telehealth technologies, however, take it a step further. Telehealth allows physicians and other providers not only to...
The U.S. Military Health System, with a budget of $48.7 billion in FY 2013, provides medical benefits to 9.7 million active duty servicemembers, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, and dependents. Specifically, the Military Health System provides services through Department of Defense (DOD) medical treatment facilities (MTFs) – 56 hospitals and...
A new report examines veterans’ uninsurance rates and assesses the potential impact of health insurance coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The report shows that one in 10 of the country’s 12.5 million non-elderly veterans report neither having health insurance coverage, nor using care medical care from the Department of...

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