VA telehealth to fill critical gaps in mental health and primary care

“The Department of Veterans Affairs, which already has the biggest telehealth program in the United States, is expanding its coverage to fill critical gaps in areas such as mental health and primary care.”

“In fiscal 2018, VA conducted more than a million patient visits through video, and more than 13 percent of veterans have received at least some of their treatment through telehealth.”

“Dr. Neil Evans, the chief officer for the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Connected Care, speaking Thursday at a GovernmentCIO conference on health IT modernization, said the agency now provides intensive care unit-level treatment to its rural VA facilities…”

“The agency is also running a “virtual tick clinic,” where patients contact a call center, get connected by video to a provider and receive a diagnosis. Evans said the agency launched the virtual clinic in response to an increase in Lyme disease-related visits to VA facilities…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA launches virtual tick clinic, expands telehealth for critical areas – By Jory Henkman, April 5, 2019. Federal News Network.

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