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PRESS RELEASE

March 28, 2020

Butler , PA — Butler VA Health Care is committed to providing high-quality care while keeping Veterans safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). (03/27/2020)

The Butler VA Health Care is committed to providing high-quality care while keeping Veterans safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

“Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and out of concern for our Veterans, we are honoring current social isolation and distancing guidelines,” said Barbara Forsha, Interim Director.  “Through VA’s virtual care tools, we are able to leverage available technology to make sure that our patients and staff are as safe as possible during this time.”

To help address our Veteran’s most-urgent needs first, the Butler VA asks that Veterans use our online tools for routine or non-urgent questions.  Here are some examples:

  • Telephone or Video Appointments – Veterans can receive care at home — either over the phone or via video using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. To set up telephone or video appointments, Veterans can send their provider a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting va.gov. Veterans may also call, but VA is requesting that Veterans only call with urgent needs at this time. To learn more about VA Video Connect, visit mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect.
  • Prescription Refills – Veterans can request prescription refills and order and ship medications to their homes using My HealtheVet or the Rx Refill mobile app. Download the app at va.gov/app/rx-refill.
  • Text Message Reminders – Veterans can use Annie’s Coronavirus Precautions protocol to send automated text messages with information about COVID-19. This application helps Veterans monitor for symptoms and can assist if they need to contact their VA facility for care. Enroll at va.gov/annie.
  • Secure Messaging – With My HealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal, Veterans can send online secure messages to your VA health care team to ask them nonurgent health questions. Register at myhealth.va.gov.

Laurie Conti, Program Manager for Butler VA’s Connected Care Program, notes “VA Video Connect launched at the Butler VA in 2018.  Since then, we have significantly expanded the services available to provide our Veterans with even more flexible and convenient ways to connect with their providers.”

For more information about VA’s Connected Care technologies, visit connectedcare.va.gov

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