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Posted on Apr 11, 2019
Kansas VA Home Telehealth Program Aims to Prevent Veteran Suicides

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Telehealth technology does more than overcome the physical distance between patients and health care providers. Staff members of the Telehealth Suicide Prevention Program at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Wichita, Kansas, are using telehealth tools to support Veterans transitioning from inpatient psychiatric clinics to outpatient mental health services.

The first week after discharge is a high-risk period for suicide attempts among patients with mental health challenges. Home Telehealth staff members decided that equipping Veterans with telehealth tools, including video telehealth and remote patient monitoring equipment, during the transition would offer Veterans more options for receiving follow-up care.

“Telehealth turns those follow-up interactions into more than just a phone call,” said Jordan-Yette, telehealth suicide prevention coordinator for the program. “And for these patients, that is vital.”

Read more about the Dole VAMC Telehealth Suicide Prevention Program on VAntage Point.

Posted on Apr 09, 2019
This Alcohol Awareness Month, VetChange in the Spotlight

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to reflect on personal drinking habits. My HealtheVet recently published an article to help Veterans explore the question: how much is too much? The story spotlights VA’s VetChange mobile app and online program. Both offer proven self-help tools to help stop or cut back on problematic drinking.

VetChange is a confidential way to:

  • Set personal goals to reduce or quit drinking
  • Track your progress and stay motivated with daily feedback
  • Educate yourself about common situations that could trigger drinking
  • Learn how to cope with stress, sleep problems, anger and other emotions

Read the article for more information about VetChange.

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
Connected Care Chief Officer Shares VA Digital Services at CXO Tech Forum

Connected Care Chief Officer Neil Evans, MD, recently attended the CXO Tech Forum: Health IT Modernization in Arlington, Virginia, and participated on the discussion panel, Improving Veterans’ Health Care through Digital Services.

During the 30-minute question-and-answer session, Dr. Evans shared details about many Connected Care services and initiatives, including VA Blue Button and Secure Messaging through My HealtheVet and video visits through VA Video Connect. He touched on the countless creative ways that VA uses telehealth technologies to increase access to care, and the quality of that care, for our nation’s Veterans.

“Part of our broader strategy, from a health perspective, is to put health care into the hands of Veterans increasingly where they are,” Dr. Evans explained.

View the full panel discussion in this archived livestream video.

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
VA Expands Telehealth to Address Critical Areas and Seasonal Needs

VA Telehealth, already the largest telehealth program in the nation, is expanding to fill gaps in primary care and mental health, provide support services for VA intensive care units in rural areas, meet seasonal health requirements, and more.

“We’re really excited about seeing that continued expansion of how we reach patients and also how we can operate more efficiently as an integrated national health system,” said Connected Care Chief Officer, Dr. Neil Evans.

VA is currently building additional telehealth hubs for primary care and mental health. This spring, VA facilities in Pennsylvania are launching a new TeleSeasonal “virtual tick clinic” to address Lyme and tick-borne illnesses.

Read more in this recent Federal News Network article and in this recent MeriTalk article.

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
On a Scale of 1 – 10, This Veteran Gives My HealtheVet a 15

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“I love it! On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 15!” raved U.S. Air Force Veteran Robert Glass when asked about his experience using My HealtheVet. “You can find everything you need to know, easily, quickly and concisely.”

Mr. Glass, a bladder cancer survivor, originally signed up for My HealtheVet in 2016 and has been an avid user ever since. He logs in every day – even creating a special tab on his desktop that takes him directly to the portal – to manage his prescriptions, send Secure Messages to his VA care team, research medical information and more.

“Really, it’s made me more of an active participant. Instead of being a patient, I’m a team member and much more involved in my health care.”

Mr. Glass was very happy to provide Connected Care with his testimonial to help promote My HealtheVet. Read the rest of his story on VAntage Point.

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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.