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Focused on Patient Safety, VA to Host Summit Launching a National Registry for Medical Implant Devices

June 1, 2018, 04:26:00 PM

WASHINGTON — In collaboration with three federal agencies and several academic leaders, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a national summit June 4 in Washington, D.C., focused on launching the nation’s largest health-system, medical-implant tracking program.

The implant registry collaboration with U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will enable VA to monitor the safety of devices in Veterans and their families, track quality metrics and ensure the best possible care for patients.

Further, a medical device registry will allow VA to notify patients about safety recalls, identify devices when patients show up for medical emergencies with complications and track and compare outcomes of implants. The most common medical devices in the Veteran population may include: cardiac implants (valves, pacemakers, stents), orthopedic implants (hip and knee) and neurosurgical implants.

The public is invited to view online. The summit will be broadcast live in two parts and will be streamed at the following links: morning Session 1, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.(EST); afternoon Session 2, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (EST)

VA Recognizes Mental Health Month With Video Campaign Focused on How Treatment Can Transform Lives

May 31, 2018, 02:06:00 PM

WASHINGTON — In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emphasized the positive impact of mental health treatment through a video campaign spotlighting hundreds of Veterans who have stepped forward to combat the stigma around mental health that is still deeply entrenched in American culture. 

“VA is a leader in our nation when it comes to mental health treatment,” said Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke. “During Mental Health Month, we used an innovative Make the Connection video movement to demonstrate how mental health treatment can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.” 

The video histories found on document in extraordinary detail the human spirit’s ability to overcome significant trauma. The stories also aim to inspire, influence and shape communities, culture and policies for those who may be suffering from mental illness. 

Also, this month, VA announced that the White House approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump’s January 2018 executive order titled, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.” 

The order provides that VA, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security will collaborate to provide seamless access for Veterans to mental health care and suicide prevention resources for a full year after separation from uniformed service to civilian life, regardless of verified service connection.   

Overall, VA is encouraging citizens to help mobilize their communities in support of understanding that mental health treatment can work, and recovery is possible. Veterans and their family members and friends can take the first step to learn more about mental health and find local resources by visiting Make the Connection is also on VA’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube platforms.