United States Department of Veterans Affairs
 Health Care
A Doctor's Appointment...when the Doctor is 150 Miles Away
Tom Baumgartner of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, can speak to his pulmonary specialist and have live information about his heart rate sent through clinical videoconferencing.
Tom Baumgartner of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, can speak to his pulmonary specialist and have live information about his heart rate sent through clinical videoconferencing.

Some Veterans live many miles from a VA Medical Center, making visits to doctors or clinicians an all-day event. Others - those in chronic conditions - require constant monitoring but opt to stay at home rather than in the hospital.

In either case, Telehealth provides greater access to healthcare through the use of telecommunications and videoconferencing. VA patients are finding Telehealth to be just what they need to receive personalized care from their VA medical center.

The Veterans Health Administration is the nation's leader in Telehealth technologies, which means doctors and patients can meet for health services without physically being in the same place.

Watch how these three Veterans use Telehealth: Play Video.

By Megan Tyson, VA Staff Writer