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Posted on Feb 14, 2018
Dr. Neil Evans to Share VA Connected Care Strategy at HIMSS18

On March 7, Neil Evans, MD, Chief Officer, VHA Connected Care, is scheduled to present the session, "Connected Care: VA, Virtual Health and the Patient Experience," at the HIMSS18 global conference in Las Vegas. Ahead of the event, Healthcare IT News interviewed Dr. Evans about the technology VA is using to improve Veterans' quality and access to care. They discussed the Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth initiative, mobile apps and text messaging programs.

"It's how we, as a health system, can better provide care. … It's what we've been doing, and we're committed to expanding care."

Read the full article in Healthcare IT News.

Posted on Feb 13, 2018
Latest Rural Health newsletter spotlights VA Telehealth initiatives

The latest edition of the VHA Office of Rural Health newsletter, The Rural Connection, spotlights several VA Telehealth initiatives for 2018 aimed at expanding access to care for rural Veterans.

The first article details a pilot telehealth program called Virtual Living Room. Veterans in rural McKee, Kentucky, are now able to use a private room at the Jackson County Public Library to connect with Lexington VA Medical Center providers more than 60 miles away.

The expansion of teledermatology, including more equipment and two new VA apps, My Telederm and VA Telederm, as well as the opening of three new Tele-Intensive Care Units (TeleICU) are also included in the newsletter.

Read these articles, which begin on page 2, to learn more.

Posted on Feb 02, 2018
Connected Care Teams Up with IAVA to Host Facebook Live Event

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The VHA Office of Connected Care, in partnership with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), hosted its first-ever Facebook Live townhall yesterday, February 1.

Dr. Neil Evans, Connected Care Chief Officer, sat down with Melissa Bryant, IAVA Chief Policy Officer, to talk about VA’s connected health care options, including mobile apps for better health, video appointments, My HealtheVet and more. During the conversation, he answered many viewers’ questions live on air, and a panel of subject matter experts from the Office of Connected Care answered the remaining questions in the comment section of the post.

For those who missed it, the video is archived on IAVA’s Facebook page. Watch now.

Posted on Jan 23, 2018
Telehealth Revolutionizes Veterans’ Health Care

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Telehealth Services help VA deliver convenient, accessible health care to Veterans. In many instances, Veterans are using telehealth to better manage their health conditions between care appointments and stay out of the hospital. While these technologies are the tools that make it happen, it’s the people – VA care teams and Veterans – who are driving success.

“… the real key component to the success of the program is case management and personal connection,” says Catherine Buck, National Home Telehealth Lead and Clinical Nurse Analyst.  “The Veteran establishes a relationship with a go-to person that is essential for the Veteran’s overall health care plan and personal health goals.”

Read this VAntage Point blog to learn how VA Telehealth Services helped U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran David Miller manage his diabetes. See why he says, “I think they saved my life. … Telehealth has really helped me to stay on track.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
VHA Innovation Program Releases Its ‘Year in Review’ Edition of the eBook

The VHA Innovation Program’s ‘2017 Year in Review’ eBook illustrates some of the most transformative projects at VHA Innovation this year.  More Innovation Program products were deployed and are being used across VA than ever before.

Here are a few topics you will find in this edition of the eBook:

  • The Maternity Tracker app will be available this month.
  • The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) endorsed the VA Pressure Ulcer Resource (VA PUR) mobile app.
  • After Visit Summary is currently in operation at 70 VA medical centers and preparing for enterprise implementation with the Office of Information Technology.
  • Advanced Environmental Control units are in use at 19 Spinal Cord Injury Centers throughout the country.

Check out the eBook to get up to date on all the latest advances at VHA Innovation.

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About Connected Care

There are many new and exciting things taking place in the Office of Connected Care! View the videos below to learn more about specific Connected Care offices and programs.

Learn more about how Connected Care continues to build a virtual care environment focused on end-to-end integrated care for Veterans, their Caregivers and VA care teams.

Learn more about how My HealtheVet empowers Veterans to be active participants in their own health care; Telehealth’s ability to reach Veterans where they live; REVAMP, a new tool from VHA Innovation that helps Veterans better manage their sleep apnea; and how VA is giving Veterans the ability to schedule and manage their own primary care appointments.

Learn more about Clinical Video Telehealth, livestreaming audio-video between VA care teams and patients that allows Veterans to see their doctors remotely; VA PUR, a new mobile app that helps Veterans and their Caregivers with pressure ulcer treatment; and how My HealtheVet helps Veterans manage their own care to become more independent.

Learn more about the MOVE! Coach App, which helps Veterans meet their fitness and weight loss goals; the Distance Hearing Aid Fitting Program, which allows VA care teams to program or adjust a patient’s hearing aid remotely; and how My HealtheVet, VA’s personal health record portal, helps Veterans access their health records safely and securely.