Thanks to a recent website redesign, the VA App Store just got a fresh new look.
Under the direction of the Office of Connected Care’s VA Mobile Program, the VA App Store has grown to house nearly 50 mobile applications for both Veterans and VA health professionals. VA apps are intended to offer secure, on-the-go access to patient data, as well as provide more opportunities for Veterans to participate in their health care.
The new design improves how Veterans and VA care teams search the site’s app options. The updated home page organizes apps into helpful categories, as well as spotlights top apps and featured apps. A new “Similar Apps” section at the bottom of each app page also offers visitors suggestions for other VA apps that may interest them.
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently implemented the VA Video Connect App for TeleMental Health services, and Veterans and VA clinicians alike love using it. The app provides a secure video link between Veterans and members of their VA care team, no matter where the Veteran is located. Currently, 75 mental health providers of the Houston facility’s offer VA Video Connect visits.
“The technology is ideal for Veterans who live far away, have medical problems or find it difficult to leave the house,” said Houston VAMC psychologist Dr. Jan Lindsay. “When we provide psychotherapy via telehealth, some Veterans report that being at home makes it easier to focus on the work being done. They feel safer at home.”
Air Force Veteran Christopher Banks, who has trouble walking and often needed to cancel his in-person mental health appointments, agrees. “I can be in my own home, which helps me with sharing.”
The Telly Awards recently announced its 2019 winners, and three educational videos produced by the Office of Connected Care were recognized with four awards. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Telly Awards honors video and television content excellence across all screens. Entries are judged by members of the Telly Awards Judging Council, a group of more than 200 video industry leaders.
All three award-winning Connected Care videos spotlight VA virtual care technologies and services that are expanding access to care for Veterans everywhere. Click the links below to view the winning videos:
- Connected Care’s Vision
Gold Winner, Online Commercials – Motion Graphics Design
- Connected Care: A Comprehensive Care Experience
Bronze Winner, Online Commercials – Institutional/Corporate Image
Bronze Winner, Online Commercials – Public Interest/Awareness
- Telehealth proves its worth, saving life and limb in the aftermath of hurricane
Bronze Winner, Online Commercials – Hospitals
Read the VA press release to learn more about this recent honor.
The Office of Connected Care is excited to announce that the My HealtheVet Update newsletter has exceeded 800,000 subscribers! The biweekly email first launched in November 2015 and is distributed every other Wednesday.
My HealtheVet Update strives to engage with Veterans and share information that is educational and important to you. It provides tips for managing your health and using My HealtheVet’s online tools and features.
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Summer travel can be fun and rewarding. But if you’re a Veteran with health concerns, it can also bring worry: What if I lose my medications? What if I get sick or have a flare-up while I’m out of town?
The good news is you can relax. VA’s virtual health care tools – including My HealtheVet, VA Video Connect and other apps available on the VA App Store – can help make your trip carefree. There are a few things you should do before you go, however, to make sure VA care is packed in your bags.
Get your travel list of to-do’s in this blog on VAntage Point and let VA virtual care tools assist you, whether you’re visiting family down the street or taking a trip across the globe.
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