Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Scott Blackburn says preventing veteran suicides is a top priority for the department and that the VA needs help to make that happen. "We're going to have to partner with states, with cities, with nonprofits, with private health care systems, with whoever has an interest in this," he said.
David Grant US Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base is one of five military medical facilities testing the Complicated Obstetrics Emergency Simulator, which gathers data on how obstetrics teams work and sends the information to the Defense Health Agency. The goal is to standardize training and improve patient safety.
The VA has started converting older inactive paper health records to EHRs to reduce the amount of office space used for the storage of physical patient health information and to ease claims processes. The work "will give claims processors nationwide the ability to instantly access millions of inactive claim records when needed" by cutting delays due to digital conversion and paper record shipping, said VA Office of Business Process Integration Director Bradley Houston.
Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence will develop standards-based, EHR-integrated, evidence-based clinical decision support software and workflows for the Department of Veterans Affairs health system under a one-year contract with prime contractor B3 Group.
Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams will serve as acting surgeon general after Vivek Murthy was "relieved of his duties," according to an HHS statement. Trent-Adams has served the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 24 years and was chief nurse officer of the corps.
A blood troponin level of 1,000 nanograms per liter or higher in the first three days after non-cardiac surgery was linked in a study to a nearly 30% higher risk of heart attack within 30 days, and a change in troponin levels of 5 ng/L or more also predicted 30-day post-operative mortality. Researcher Dr. P.J. Devereaux said the findings, published in JAMA, suggest that a troponin test should become standard care, but two other experts said the test alone is not enough to prevent death.
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