05 Oct 2021

Transnational Fraud Ring Bilks U.S. Military Service Members Out of Millions

More than 3,300 US military service members, dependents, and civilians employed by the Department of Defense were reportedly compromised due to a transitional cybercrime ring that was created to defraud them out of millions in military benefits coming from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the DoD. A former civilian

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18 Mar 2021

FDA Approves VA-Made 3D-Printed Hearing Device for South Carolina Veteran

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Veteran’s Affairs Department’s request to implement experimental technology, a 3D printed hearing device, in treatment for a 76-year-old veteran patient experiencing a rare form of hearing loss. The VA’s 3D printed device was created in collaboration with other entities and may

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04 Feb 2021

VA Partners with AT&T to Extend its 5G Experimentation

The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has announced it is expanding its 5G footprint to the Seattle Puget Sound Health Care System. The expansion is made possible through a partnership between the VA and AT&T. The health care hub will capitalize on the technology with experiments in telemedicine, wearables, and virtual

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22 May 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches First Chatbot to Field COVID-19 Questions

Recently, the Veterans Affairs Department launched a chatbot that aims to provide veterans and their caregivers with answers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The chatbot was developed in less than a month through the Microsoft Healthcare Bot platform. The tool can be accessed 24/7 to assess symptoms related to COVID-19 as

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15 Apr 2020

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

A collaboration between the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Veterans Affairs Department has already produced 12 different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs that have been approved for clinical use. The 3D printing partnership achieved this in just a matter of weeks, aiding healthcare workers on

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01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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02 Mar 2020

First Instance of VA’s New Electronic Health Record System Now Scheduled For July

The VA has again rescheduled the deployment date for its new electronic health records system, changing the date to July. The initial deployment date was four months before, in March. The VA had announced plans to launch the Cerner Millennium platform at Mann Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington

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19 Feb 2020

VA Reveals Industry Partners for First 5G-Enabled Hospital

On Tuesday, the Veteran Affairs Department announced the companies they will partner with on their first 5G enabled hospital. The three companies are Verizon, Microsoft, and Medivis. Verizon will supply the agency with the fifth-generation wireless service through a new public-private partnership named Project Convergence while Microsoft and Medivis will

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07 Feb 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches Its First 5G-Enabled Hospital

The Veteran Affairs Department will soon operate one of the first 5G enabled hospitals in the world. The health care facility is currently located in Palo Alto, California, and plans to launch 5G capabilities at the location were unveiled by the VA Secretary earlier this week. The VA aims to

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19 Nov 2019

VA Released Millions of People’s Personal Data Despite Known Risks

The Veterans Affairs Department allegedly disclosed sensitive personal information on millions of US citizens, including the spouses, doctors, and dependents despite warnings. The data breach was reported by an internal watchdog, who claimed that the practice had been occurring for over three years. In a report published last week, the

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