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What The Health Care Industry Can Learn From Veteran Affairs
Providing for and maintaining the health, and healthcare, of its citizens is a challenge for nations worldwide.
One organization in the U.S. that seems to have found a system that works well for its members is the Department of Veteran Affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs has worked to improve its health care quality even under the increasing numbers of veterans entering its system from wars in the Middle East.
Even in the face of turbulent economic times, The Department of Veterans Affairs has re-strengthened its efforts to provide quality care.
Along with its current inclusive care, The Department of Veteran Affairs is looking for ways to improve the health care and practice of its branches. Researchers have used clinical data in the VistA system to study the effects of quality improvement strategies, like electronic medical record systems. In one study, VA medical centers used VistA’s electronic medical record system components to track how physicians abide by clinical practice guidelines.
The Veteran Affairs’ experience and study findings show that when management concentrates on key quality indicators it can improve the performance of those measures, like reducing duplicate lab tests and making sure patients have the recommended vaccinations.
Electronic health records, like that of The Veterans Affairs, can help save lives and ensure the improved quality of health care in the future.
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