VA video telehealth visits in FY2018 up 19% to 1 million

“Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached a telehealth milestone, achieving more than 1 million video telehealth visits in one fiscal year (FY18), a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over the prior year.”

“Through video technology, VA health care providers are increasing access to care — diagnosing and managing care remotely for enrolled Veterans across the country.”

“VA’s telehealth capabilities are bridging the care gap for many Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This technology gives Veterans access to the timely, quality care they deserve, without having to travel great distances to a VA facility. Time spent traveling is time away from Veterans’ jobs and families.”

“Video technologies make it possible for Veterans residing in remote or rural areas to come to many of VA’s community-based outpatient clinics and interact in real-time, through video telehealth, with a specialist physician or another practitioner who may be hundreds or thousands of miles away.”

“From October 2017 through September 2018, Veterans received VA quality care during approximately 2.3 million episodes of telehealth care…” Read the full press release here.

Source: VA exceeds 1 million video telehealth visits in FY2018: One-year achievement represents a 19% increase over previous year – February 7, 2019. VA.gov.

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