Some Veterans live many miles from a VA medical center, making visits to the doctor an all day event. Others with chronic conditions require constant monitoring but opt to stay at home rather than in the hospital.
In both cases, VA’s Telehealth can provide greater access to health care 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.
For instance, Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) gives patients and providers the opportunity to conduct several aspects of medical examinations that do not require in-person visits. Veterans are able to visit a VA clinic near their home, connect to medical centers through videoconferencing, and transfer medical information by way of specially-designed telecommunications equipment.
…fantastic, fast, simple…much more convenient than conventional medicine.
Some great examples of the benefits of telehealth are the many programs available at the VA Medical Center in Butler, Pa. What does this mean for the Veterans in that area? Less travel to Butler and Pittsburgh. VA is bringing health care closer to them.
According to Veteran Shannon Miller, “VA Butler’s Telehealth programs are fantastic, fast, simple, painless and much more convenient than conventional medicine. I personally benefited from tele-dermatology. It saved me precious time and money by cutting down trips to another facility, resulting in fast care and treatment. I recommend telehealth to every Veteran.” Miller was an Army Medic from 1996 to 1998.
Examples of the newest Clinical Video Telehealth programs available at VA Butler Healthcare represent what’s happening with telehealth across the country:
Nancy Kummer is VA Butler Healthcare’s Facility Telehealth Coordinator. She says, “Our rapidly growing and expanding Telehealth programs at VA Butler Healthcare allow us to provide our Veterans with better access to care by reducing the need for them to travel outside of their local communities. Even our not-so-tech-savvy Veterans have adapted to and benefit from our Telehealth programs. They are very appreciative when we are able to provide them care closer to their home and eliminate travel to VA Pittsburgh.”
Two of the newest telehealth programs VA Butler Healthcare is working on for 2013 include providing CVT health care services to Veterans at Tomorrow’s Hope, a transitional housing program for homeless Veterans, and coordinating Tele-Wheelchair Fitting with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
Interested in a VA telehealth program? Visit www.telehealth.va.gov to learn more.