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Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Behind the Scenes: Helping Secretary Shulkin Provide Telehealth Visits

VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin conducts telehealth visits with Veteran patients. But did you know that he does it from his office at VA Central Office (VACO) in Washington D.C.?

Converting Dr. Shulkin’s office into a fully equipped TelePrimary Care site was no small task. Matt Rogers, Virtual Integrated Multisite Patient Aligned Care Team (V-IMPACT) Clinical Operations Director and a certified physician assistant at the Boise VA Medical Center, was the one charged with getting it done.

“I was highly motivated to make conducting Telehealth visits a seamless process for Dr. Shulkin,” Rogers said.  “The fact that he still practices and wants to experience the challenges we may have is remarkable, and shows his level of support for Telehealth.”

Read the full article to learn how he tackled the task.

Posted on Aug 03, 2017
VA Provides Live Telehealth Demonstration at the White House

Earlier today, Secretary Shulkin joined President Trump in presenting a Telehealth demonstration at the White House. View the archived event video on the White House website and read coverage of the demonstration in this VAntage Point blog.

VA uses advanced technology to allow doctors to see and examine Veterans remotely. VA clinicians saw more than 700,000 Veterans remotely via Telehealth last year.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017
VA tests mobile app that helps tailor care based on genetics

VA will soon become the first U.S. health care organization to put genetic testing data into the hands of patients via a mobile application. The Genetic Diagnostic Testing (GDx) App, being field tested this summer, will provide Veterans with access to their genetic testing data anywhere, anytime, as well as the ability to share it with VA and non-VA providers alike. In short, medical professionals will be able to provide highly-individualized care and better treat their patients.

VA Connected Care recently interviewed GDx project leads Dr. Michael Icardi, national director of VA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Science, and Dr. Julie Lynch, nurse research scientist at VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure, for a VAntage Point blog that explains more about this initiative.

Read it here.

Posted on Jul 17, 2017
VHA Innovation Program Highlights the Future Technology Laboratory in the Latest eBook

The quarterly VHA Innovation Program eBook is now available. This edition is dedicated to the Future Technology Laboratory (FTL), which is “VA’s sandbox cloud”— a development infrastructure and software as a service platform that is publicly accessible and external to the VA’s internal network. The FTL provides many useful services and now hosts instances of the Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP). The FTL is a valuable technical resource for VA employees, contractors, and third-party developers whose goals are to develop software to improve health care for Veterans.

Read more about the FTL in the latest edition of the VHA Innovation Portfolio eBook today.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
VA critical care telehealth services to aid Air Force patients at five MTFs

Collaboration between VA and the Air Force will extend VA Tele-ICU capabilities to Air Force patients at five military treatment facilities (MTFs). The new agreement covers MTFs in Las Vegas; Hampton, Virginia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Anchorage, Alaska.

The VA Tele-ICU program provides electronic access to board-certified doctors and critical care nurses using live audio and video feed, electronic monitoring, chart review and consultations. Remote, real-time monitoring and tracking of critically ill patients is the primary goal.

“Tele-ICU is more than just a way of providing remote care,” said VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin. “It improves the quality of care, decreases costs by supporting evidence-based practices and it improves patient outcomes through decreased ventilator days, ventilator-associated pneumonias and reduced lengths of stay.”

Read more about the agreement in this Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs news release.

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Learn more 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 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.